LLEX construction set in March

THE construction of the P24.8-billion Lapu-Lapu Expressway (LLEX), also known as the skyway project, is expected to begin in March this year.

This was what Lapu-Lapu City Vice Mayor Celedonio “Celsi” Sitoy told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.

Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, for his part, said they are currently in negotiation with the residents that will be affected by the alignment of the skyway.

“We will try our best that not many residents will be affected by the alignment,” Chan said.

LLEX will connect the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, which ends in Barangay Gabi, Cordova, to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City.

It aims to solve the traffic congestion on Mactan Island, particularly in Lapu-Lapu City, as it eyes to serve about 50,000 vehicles per day. It is expected to be operational by 2025.

It will be a four-lane, 12-kilometer toll road.

Julius “Jayjay” Neri Jr., general manager of the MCIA Authority, said they need the skyway so passengers can get to the airport faster.

“Yes, we need a skyway badly. But I have not seen the detailed plans so I cannot comment on its impact while being constructed,” said Neri. (MKG)