Heading up to Baguio soon? The 33.5 kilometer Kennon Road will be temporarily open to northbound traffic every Friday to Monday starting on November 29, 2019.
You read right, motorists that plan to go to the City of Pines will be able to climb the 114-year old thoroughfare starting tomorrow. It will be open to the public every Friday to Monday at 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM. However, not all types of vehicles will be allowed to climb Kennon Road.
According to the DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Office (DPWH-CARRO), vehicles that weigh more than 5 tons are not yet allowed to pass Kennon Road. Instead, heavy vehicles will have to take either Marcos Highway, or the Asin-Nangalisa-San Pascual-Rizal-Anduyan Road in order to get to Baguio.
Motorists are advised to be cautious while traversing Kennon Road, as well as observe the 20 km/h speed limit imposed by the local government. In an event where inclement weather or a landslide is imminent in the area, the road will immediately be closed to the public by the Kennon Road Task Force.
Originally closed to the public due to a massive landslide last August 2019, the Department of Public Works and Highways, along with the Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera (OCD-D) announced plans of closing Kennon Road for 3 years to do rehabilitation works. But it looks like the two agencies were able to do some road rehabilitation without having to close the road for a long time.
However, the DPWH did say that they will still need to add slope protection, perform rock-netting activities, as well as build retaining walls in order to make the land on top of the mountain be more stable and not cause a landslide.
For locals and tourists alike, being able to climb up Kennon Road for the coming holidays means more ways to get to Baguio City. Let's just hope that the weather and road conditions remain favorable for everyone's sake.