Traffic heading up to Baguio, a favorite destination for Filipinos during special holidays – including Holy Week, has been getting worse in the last few years and that has prompted the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to implement a new scheme via the DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in order to lessen the amount of travel time going up to the "City of Pines."
Kennon Road will serve only one-way traffic going up to Baguio City starting midnight of March 31, 2015 to midnight of April 3, 2015. It begins from Camp 1 Toll Gate at Tuba, Benguet, up to the Camp 7 Police Station (View Deck). All other national roads will remain two-way.
Vehicles of residents along the stretch of Kennon Road will get special passes authorizing them to use the one-hour window in the morning (11AM to 12NN) and afternoon (5PM to 6PM) to drive down.
Due to the nature of the roads and the foggy conditions along Kennon Road, a massive information campaign has started and traffic personnel will be deployed to ensure the safety of motorists.
Billboards have been put up with details of this experimental traffic scheme from Saytan, Rosario all the way to Baguio. Vehicles entering Camp 1 will also be given flyers indicating similar information including the window hours for counterflow by residents, 11AM to 1PM and 5PM to 7PM, with the extra hour given so that the last vehicle that enters Camp 7 will have enough time to exit Camp 1. Flagmen will also be assigned every 500 meters from Camp 1 to Camp 7 to signal motorists especially during the window times.
Also in line with the Holy Week, the DPWH-CAR and the District Engineering Office of Baguio and Benguet have activated ‘Lakbay Alalay’ Motorist Assistance, which will address vehicle breakdowns, emergencies and accidents that motorists may encounter.
Roads that are still under repair shall be made passable during this period and if construction is unavoidable, a traffic management plan should be in place along with flagmen and warning signs.