The consortium comprised of ACCIONA Construction and its two Philippine partners, First Balfour and D.M. Consunji, has begun construction on the new bridge that will connect the cities of Cebú and Córdova, in the Philippines.
Construction of this bridge will bring a number of benefits to traffic management in the area, easing the congestion currently found on the existing bridges.
This infrastructure will also provide a new connection between the industrial area of Cebú and Mactan International Airport, as well as to the new urban developments of Córdova located on the same island, making it a traffic backbone and a dynamic element for the local economy.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the piles in the water, which kicked of work on the project, took place on 5 July and was attended by representatives of ACCIONA Construction and its partners, as well as local and national authorities from the Philippines, a representative from the Spanish Embassy, and others.
During the event, ACCIONA Infrastructure’s regional manager for Singapore and Southeast Asia, Rubén Camba, said, “It has been a great satisfaction to witness the start of construction together with our partners and all those involved. This bridge will contribute to the economic development of the area, while enabling us to demonstrate our technical and construction prowess. This historic project is now officially underway, and I would like to congratulate all those involved in it.”
The Cebú-Córdova bridge will consist of a 650-metre cable stayed bridge, with a main span of nearly 400 metres between pylons. This new infrastructure will also consist of several viaducts, as well as a section of roadway on a 5-kilometre embankment.
The first actions will focus on the construction of the 21 piles -48.5 metres long and 2.5 metres in diameter-, required to build one of the pylons for the suspension bridge. Completion is estimated in three to four months.
There are currently some 220 people working on the project, although the total is expected to grow to 2,000 at the height of construction.
This project, promoted by Metro Pacific Tollways, is scheduled for completion in 2021. It is ACCIONA largest contract in the Philippines, following the 2016 contract for the design and construction of the Putatan 2 drinking water treatment plant outside of Manila.
The Cebú-Córdova Bridge is another step forward in ACCIONA’s strategy for growth in Southeast Asia, an area with great potential for civil infrastructure growth and improvement.