Heading up to Baguio to next month to partake at this year's Panagbenga Festival ?

The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC), along with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have some good news for you.

In preparation for the influx of tourists for the annual festival, the two gov't agencies have agreed to temporarily open Kennon Road on February 14, 2019. This was decided early on as a way to provide additional access going to The City of Pines.

With that in mind, the DPWH is exhausting all means to have Kennon Road ready for motorists come next month. According to DPWH-Cordillera Regional Director Tirburcio Canlas, they are working on completing the major sections of the 33-km road. These include the Camp 1 and Camp 5 bridges, as well as the road slip along Camp 6.

“We are encouraging the contractor to prioritize the completion of the Camp 1 Bridge and the road slip at Camp 6 for the re-opening on February 14,” added Canlas.

However, the DPWH is reminding motorists that light vehicles that weigh five tons or less are the only ones allowed to climb up Kennon Road. In addition, the aforementioned road will only be opened to one-way traffic, meaning motorists will have to take alternate routes like Marcos Highway or Naguilian Road when going down from Baguio.

After the Panagbenga festivities, Kennon Road will once again be closed to motorists in order to give way for the completion of rehabilitation and repair works.

In review, Kennon Road was closed to the public last September 2018 due to Typhoon Ompong wreaking havoc on the 33-km road. This resulted in landslides and other debris blocking portions of the road. This prompted the DPWH to conduct rehabilitation works which are currently still ongoing.