Daang Kalikasan (translated: Nature's Road or Highway) wasn't even fully opened yet, but the road with a unique allure for its beautiful views is about to be closed down for now.
According to a post by the Representative of Pangasinan's Second District, Jumel Anthony Espino, Daang Kalikasan has been recommended to be temporarily closed to the public. This was done with the concurrence of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the local government of Mangatarem in Pangasinan.
The primary reason is that the road has already claimed the lives of motorists while traversing the road which is still technically under construction. No specifics were given about the said accidents, but Rep. Espino also stated that he was composing the post yesterday, the road had claimed another life earlier in the morning.
Incomplete roads are dangerous because of all kinds of debris and dust that make them slippery, and safety devices that are meant to prevent major accidents from becoming fatal have not yet been installed. Reports from individuals that tried to ply the road is that it's completed mostly in sections, with some dirt portions in between the segments; that in itself is a potential hazard, especially to overeager motorists carrying too much speed.
He also stated that tourists and visitors who want to see the road and stop to take photographs have been littering; a serious problem for a road that -by name- is about seeing more of nature.
The closure of Daang Kalikasan will be only temporary. The road is expected to be completed and fully opened by the DPWH in 2021.
Once complete Daang Kalikasan will be 54 kilometers long and connect Mangatarem in Pangasinan to Santa Cruz in Zambales. The road finds it way through several forests and traverses scenic hills and mountains in the region.