By The Financial District
ACCIONA Wins Award For Cebu Bridge
ACCIONA, a global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, especially in renewable energy, was honored in the 16th edition of the 'Potencia de Obras y Proyectos' awards. The event took place on June 23rd, at the Mandarin Oriental Ritz hotel in Madrid.
Photo Insert: The bridge's opening means much-improved traffic management in the area, reducing past congestion on the current bridges by connecting Cebu.
ACCIONA was awarded a prize in the Land Routes category for one of its most iconic worldwide projects, the cable-stayed bridge at Cebu, which the company recently designed and completed in the Philippines. The bridge was also recently opened.
The 'Potencia de Obras y Proyectos' Prizes recognize Spanish construction and engineering firms' efforts in the quality and innovation sectors in the design and implementation of large-scale projects on a global scale. They recognize and reward innovation and the progress of a sector that has experienced crises and new difficulties, such as sustainability and the explosion of the digital society, and have been able to respond to all of them.
Laura Granda, ACCIONA's Deputy Design Manager, accepted the award on the company's behalf.
A number of infrastructure industry personalities and institutions attended the award ceremony. The Jury, presided by SEOPAN and the National Construction Federation (CNC), also included managers from the equipment fleets of the country's largest builders as well as representatives from the major industry organizations.
The project, which was granted in 2017 to a consortium led by ACCIONA, has become one of the Philippines' most iconic bridges and one of the country's largest infrastructure projects.
The primary structure was a 650-meter-long cable-stayed bridge with a center span of 390 meters between the supporting pylons across the canal that serves as the gateway to Cebu's port. A number of viaducts and a new length of roadway along a 5.2-kilometer embankment are also part of the new infrastructure.
The bridge's construction began in July 2018 after the client approved the design, and was opened to traffic on April 27 of this year. During the construction period, more than 2,500 indirect and direct jobs were produced in the region.
The bridge's opening means much-improved traffic management in the area, reducing past congestion on the current bridges by connecting Cebu - the Philippines' second most important commercial and trading center after the capital, Manila – with Mactan Island via Cordova.
It also means the establishment of a new link between Cebu's industrial region and Mactan International Airport, as well as new urban projects on the island of Cordova, so establishing a strategic new route and supporting the local economy.
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