Tagum Flyover bong2bermudez Photography.

Two road projects outside of Metro Manila are seen to ease traffic congestion in their respective areas which, in turn, should make travel by land easier for residents and travelers alike.

The Tagum City Flyover, the longest in Mindanao, opened to motorists earlier this month. It’s a 1.625-kilometer infrastructure, which cost P2.7 billion, whose construction took some four years to complete.

The flyover caters to the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao Oriental. It eases the congestion in two national roads: Daang Maharlika or Agusan-Davao Road and Surigao del Sur-Davao Road.

Meanwhile, in Visayas, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) reached a major construction milestone on Tuesday with the final main bridge piece now cast, cementing a feat that is more than three years in the making.

CCLEX. Photo from Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.

Stitching the remaining gap unites the deck of Tower 2 with that of Tower 1, a symbolic achievement of finally linking the quaint town of Cordova in Mactan Island to the highly urbanized Cebu City in the mainland. The main bridge deck hovers 51 meters above the Mactan Channel.

The 8.5-kilometer CCLEX will be using a fully electronic toll collection system once opened to motorists. The new expressway is projected to open in the first quarter of 2022.

CCLEX, which will be the third link to Mactan Island from Cordova to mainland Cebu through Cebu City’s South Road Properties, has a design speed of 80 kilometers per hour and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters to allow large vessels to pass underneath the bridge.

Not only is CCLEX seen to reduce traffic and make traveling more convenient, the hope is that the new infrastructure would spur trade activities and tourism in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region.