Editorial: Symbol of better things to come

Bridges play a vital role in human civilization. They are so vital that during wars, bridges are part of the infrastructure targeted by the bombs and missiles of an invading army to isolate the opposing party. The defending army can destroy its country’s bridges to derail an invasion.

In times of peace, bridges are also vital: they connect everyone, reduce travel time and allow trade to flourish.

Bridges do not isolate everyone in times of peace.

Despite the coronavirus disease pandemic, geopolitical tensions outside the Philippines, and political noise caused by the May 9 election, perhaps hope could be seen on the horizon with the inauguration of Cebu’s Third Bridge, the 8.9 kilometer Cordova-Cebu Link (CCLEX) highway. Wednesday, April 27.

The new bridge, which connects mainland Cebu to Mactan Island, is vital for the economy and for people living nearby.

Cordoba Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho said CCLEX is expected to boost investment in tourism, real estate, retail and outsourcing in the city; indeed, the new businesses will create more jobs and livelihoods in the municipality.

Apart from fueling the economy, the bridge could also ease the traffic problem in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

Although CCLEX is a toll bridge, motorists from Cebu City and other cities in the southern half of Cebu Province would likely pay to cross the state-of-the-art bridge to Mactan Island to avoid to go through Mandaue City, a very urbanized city. city ​​with atrocious rush hour traffic.

Lapu-Lapu City residents who intend to travel to South Cebu do not need to pass through Mandaue City.

Motorists might be willing to pay the toll fee rather than save money but waste time and gas while stuck in traffic.

Traffic officers and commuters could breathe a sigh of relief if CCLEX alleviates the traffic situation in the three cities.

A bridge isn’t just a symbol of unity, it’s a harbinger of better things to come.

James V. Hayes