To deal with this issue, two local government units in Cebu, together with the private sector, are planning to build another bridge spanning the Mactan Channel. The government recently broke ground for the third bridge with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in attendance. The formal groundbreaking for the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway was held on March 2, 2017.
Public Private Partnership
The project is a public private partnership between the local governments of Cebu and Cordova with the support of the national government and the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp or MPTDC. Aside from easing traffic congestion in Metro Cebu, the project is also expected to create more job opportunities, enhance economic development and boost tourism, according to Mayor Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City.
MPTDC President Rodrigo Franco said a toll fee will be collected from motorists passing through the bridge. The toll fee will be based on the cost of the entire project. Initial proposals for the toll fee are between PHP82 and PHP89 for each vehicle. The bridge will also feature separate lanes for bicycles and motorcycles as well as provisions for pedestrians.