Thinking of heading to Baguio this weekend or the next? Don't be surprised if you find Kennon Road closed to all types of vehicles once more. That's because the 33.5 km stretch of road has been closed to the public indefinitely after a massive landslide blocked major portions of the thoroughfare.
According to Albert Mogol, Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), as well as the Chairman of the Cordillera Administrative Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC), the soil that came from a landslide that occurred last July 26 at Barangay Camp 5 remains unstable. He added that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are still busy clearing out debris and boulders from the road.
"There is yet no definite date until when would the road be closed because it is still very dangerous. The soil keeps on falling and the priority is the safety of the people. We are discouraging people to pass even while walking because the area is really unstable and after the window time, the heavy equipment will already start working, bringing down rocks and soil,” said Mogol.
However, Mogol did say that there will be window hours wherein locals, residents, and even public utility vehicles (PUVs) will be allowed to pass between 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM, and 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Outside those window hours, no vehicle or person is allowed to pass due to the high risk of falling debris and landslide.
Aside from the DPWH clearing debris near Camp 5, there are also blasting operations being done along the river in Camp 6 near Lion's Head in order to break the boulders blocking the flow of water.
With the rainy season in full swing, expect Kennon Road to be closed for quite a while due to the unstable soil and clearing operations.