CCLEX to construct ‘bisita centers’ for photo-taking motorists

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MOTORISTS wanting to take photographs at the iconic Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) will soon have better and safer vantage points where they can take pictures before the year ends.

The proposed “bisita centers” or vista points will be constructed within the year, engineer Allan Alfon, CCLEX Corp. (CCLEC) president and general manager, said in a news forum Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

“It is already on the drawing table for the possible location of the bisita centers, a nice platform where good photo angles can be taken towards Cebu City and Cordova,” said Alfon.

Alfon acknowledged that there are still motorists who intentionally stop on the expressway’s emergency parking areas just to take photos, which is prohibited as it could pose a danger to those passing on Cebu’s third bridge.

But Alfon said they are not apprehending these violators as they still try “to strike a balance between enforcement and public relations.”

The CCLEX management is also waiting for their patrol officers to be fully deputized by the Land Transportation Office so that they can fully implement the traffic rules, he added.

Projects to ease traffic

Alfon also mentioned that the opening of the Pilipog-Gabi Coastal Road project in Cordova town before the end of the month will improve the traffic situation in certain choke points at the exit of CCLEX.

Another infrastructure project that will add convenience to the motorists is the construction of the roundabout in the South Road Properties, said Alfon.

With the roundabout, motorists would no longer have to use the designated u-turn slots at the SRP to go to their destinations, Department of Public Works and Highways 7 Director Edgar Tabacon said last month.

The CCLEX management has also installed closed-circuit television cameras in every two kilometers of the expressway for security and monitoring.

Alfon added that CCLEX patrol officers are also on duty 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of motorists.

Cashless payments

Meanwhile, there are already 90,000 motorists who have registered for the radio frequency identification (RFID) system that will allow cashless transactions when using the expressway, Alfon said.

Of these, 70,000 motorists have already installed RFID stickers on their vehicles.

Alfon is hopeful that more motorists will avail themselves of the RFID system since it will provide a fast, convenient and safer experience for the riding public.

The 8.9-kilometer expressway is still on soft opening status and that is why there are still lanes that are closed for the implementation of some enhancement projects, Alfon said.

The CCLEX management expects 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles to traverse the expressway every day once it will be fully operational.

Alfon said that as of now, around 10,000 to 12,000 vehicles per day are accessing the CCLEX.

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