Heading up to Baguio or Benguet soon? We have some good news for you as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently announced that Kennon Road will be open to two-way traffic up until Holy Week.
That's right, one of the oldest roads going up to the City of Pines will be open to motorists once again in anticipation of the influx of tourists in the coming weeks. Previously opened during this year's Panagbenga Festival, the DPWH, along with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Task Force Kennon Road, decided to open the major thoroughfare to allow motorists a faster route going up to Baguio besides Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road.
However, the DPWH reiterated that Kennon Road will only be open to traffic every weekend starting March 29, 2019 until April 22, 2019. This means that motorists are only allowed to traverse Kennon Road every Friday at 6 PM up until Monday 6 AM. Moreover, only light vehicles that weigh five tons and below will be allowed to go up and down Kennon Road.
To date, the DPWH has been busy rehabilitating and doing repair works on the 33-km road. Heavily damaged by Typhoon Ompong in September 2018, Kennon Road was littered with debris, landslides and huge boulders which blocked key sections of the major thoroughfare. This prompted the gov't agency to begin restoration work; particularly on Camp 1 and Camp 5 bridges, as well as the road slip at Camp 6. They are also busy conducting curtain rock-netting operations in order to keep any debris from falling onto the road itself.