Motorcycles can cross CCLEX starting July 1

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THE Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) will start accommodating motorcycles with engine displacement from 125 cubic capacity (CC) to 399 CC starting July 1, 2022.

The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), who manages Cebu's third bridge to Mactan Island, made the announcement in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Saturday morning, June 11.

But CCLEC officials said they will only allow motorcycle drivers to enter the new bridge provided they will be able to register and install radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers on their units, which will be for cashless payments at the bridge's toll booths.

The bridge's management also announced that RFID registration and installation on motorcycles or those vehicles classified under Class 1M will be done for free starting July 1.

Motorcycle drivers who want to avail of free RFID registration and installation are required to go to the CCLEX website, pick a date and an installation site and secure a QR code, which the driver will show to installers together with their Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration issued by the Land Transportation Office.

Partial Cashless System

CCLEC will have a gradual transition from pure cash transactions at its toll plaza to a mix of cashless before the implementation of the full electronic toll collection (ETC) system. Starting July 1, some toll booths will have cash payment lanes while others will already be converted to RFID-enabled lanes.

The launching of the app for the CCLEX RFID load and reloading will be done prior to the toll lane conversions.

At present, CCLEX has continuously installed RFID stickers to Class 1 to 3 vehicles all in readiness for the activation of the electronic payment scheme.

As for bikers and pedestrians, they will be allowed to pass CCLEX starting next month through the dedicated sidewalk lane located on either side of the expressway for free. For more details, be updated by following CCLEX’s official Facebook page @CCLEXexpressway.

Safety Reminders

When using the expressway, CCLEC is reminding motorists to drive at a maximum speed of 60 kph. While CCLEX is designed for a maximum speed of 80 kph, CCLEC is implementing a 60kph limit during initial operations as part of its safety measures.

Motorists are also asked not to stop at any area in the entire stretch of the facility.

For those who are paying toll in cash, they are advised to prepare the exact toll amount.

It will be recalled that no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, joined by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, inaugurated the multi-billion-peso modern toll expressway that crosses the Mactan Channel, connecting Cebu City with the town of Cordova in Mactan Island, on April 27, 2022. CCLEX was then opened to the public on April 30, 2022, after four years of non-stop work.

CCLEX, an engineering feat and Cebu’s newest iconic landmark, is seen to not only ease traffic congestion in the metro but also spark socio-economic development in the province, according to a study by the University of San Carlos.

CCLEX, now considered the tallest and highest bridgeway structure in the country, is a project of CCLEC, in partnership with the local government units of Cebu City and Cordova town.

CCLEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPTC, the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). MPTC is a publicly-listed infrastructure holding company and a member of the MVP Group of Companies.

MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines. The company’s expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas, other parts of the Philippines, and in neighboring countries, notably Vietnam, and Indonesia. (JKV, PR)

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