Thinking of heading to Baguio soon now that most of the country is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)? Well, better avoid trying to take Kennon Road.
According to the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) and the Kennon Road Inter-Agency Task Force, construction and inspection works are still being conducted on the 33.53-kilometer road to ensure that it will be safe for motorists to use.
Currently, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is busy doing slope protection and other construction works along various sections of Kennon Road.
DPWH – CAR Regional Director Tiburcio Canlas stated that rock netting and curtain netting works on active and passive landslide areas along the 115-year old road are now 90% complete. Originally, they planned to finish earlier but had to stop construction due to the implementation of quarantine measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apart from that, the DPWH is also busy inspecting critical areas of Kennon Road as the rainy season has officially begun. With that in mind, the CRDRRMC said that Kennon Road will remain closed to the public until further notice or until such time that the DPWH completes its ongoing safety precaution works. Only residents that live along Kennon Road are allowed to pass through the 33.53-kilometer road.
In the meantime, those that need to travel to Baguio are advised to take Marcos Highway or Naguilian Road.