MPTC Updates: Infrastructure Projects in Cebu and Indonesia
by Junne Grajales
MPTC is greatly viewed as an industry trailblazer that has advanced trade, introduced business and employment possibilities, and helped Filipinos lead improved lives. Expanding ever further to enhance the lives of our fellowmen, we present to you some updates on our projects that have fostered progress in Cebu and Indonesia:
Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX)’s First Stay Cable Installation
CCLEX is an 8.5-kilometer expressway that will connect Cebu City to Mactan Island through the fishing town of Cordova. The venture will underline Cebu as the birthplace of Catholicism in the Philippines through a lighted cross that will be featured on the main bridge of CCLEX. Substantial completion of the CCLEX is expected in 2021.
Considered as one of the key infrastructural developments in the country, CCLEX is designed to help with the traffic and accessibility of the areas connecting to it, boosting the overall productivity of the region, with 50,000 vehicles expected to utilize the tollway daily. CCLEX is a project of MPTC’s subsidiary, the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), along with Cebu City and the municipality of Cordova.
The first stay cable was recently installed at the CCLEX that will further strengthen its bridge deck. 14 stay cables on each side of the bridge’s two towers that are between 60 to 210 meters in length are secured on the pylon, a steel structure that supports high-tension electrical cables, and the deck. Each cable will have 68-120 strands in it and is covered in high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
A.P. Pettarani Toll Road in Makassar, Indonesia
MPTC, through its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Margautama Nusantara (MUN), is currently constructing the A.P. Pettarani Toll Road in Makassar, eastern Indonesia. The elevated toll road is now 92% complete and is expected to open by November this year. Sir Rod Franco said that the 4.4-km-long project will have a “significant impact on addressing traffic congestion” in the South Sulawesi provincial capital once completed.
Construction began in April 2018. Pettarani will link both the port and the airport centers to the heart of the bustling capital of Makassar. The toll road is built above the national road without having to purchase surrounding properties, with a total length of 10.4 km of both the current and the Pettarani elevated toll roads. Last August 2020, the management implemented its first-ever electronic money top-up system through WhatsApp, a widely used messaging app in Indonesia, which makes it convenient for the commuters to replenish their balance on-the-go. This approach became the first toll road business entity to offer such a system.