Due to a massive landslide in 2019, access to Kennon Road has since been very limited. Currently, the 33.5-kilometer stretch of road is only open on weekdays during a certain time period. It also temporarily a one-way only road too heading towards Baguio City. Thankfully, motorists will soon be able to traverse Kennon Road on weekends and in both directions.
The Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) recently announced that Kennon Road will be open to the public on weekends starting from 6:00 AM January 31 up to 6:00 PM February 3. It will continue to be open under the same schedule every weekend thereafter until March 9. However, not all vehicles can pass through the road just yet. Specifically, only private motorists in light vehicles (five tons and below) will be allowed to access the road.
The opening of Kennon Road is in response to the annual Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga and the influx of tourists who will join the month-long festival happening this February. It will also help alleviate and possibly avoid traffic congestion along Marcos Highway, the alternate route going to Baguio.
Panagbenga 2020 will officially open on February 1 and will feature parades and street dancing in the City of Pines. The event will officially culminate on February 29 and March 1 with grand parades.
Motorists passing through Kennon Road are advised to follow road traffic rules and courtesy such as the 20 km/h speed limit imposed by the local government on select sections of the road. They should also monitor road updates and other advisories about Kennon as it may be subject to road closures in the event of bad weather as recommended by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).