June 14, 2024

Baguio is gearing up again for the influx of tourists during the Yuletide holidaysstarting with the reopening of Kennon Road to two-way traffic this week.
In a social media post, the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF) Kennon inspected the historic road on Nov. 4 for possible opening to two-way traffic to ensure that warning signs and other devices have been installed to ensure safe and smooth travel.
Renovation of the demonstration bridge, a critical section of Kennon Road has just been concluded prompting the task force to prepare for the road’s reopening to two way traffic.
However, the JIATF said that the 10-metric tons load limit will continue to be imposed.
Task force member, the Department of Public Works and Highways Benguet 1st Engineering District, in coordination with Tuba Municipal Police Station and Baguio City Police Office, have been tasked by the JIATF Kennon to install and/or review the placement of warning signs including safety rumble strips along road curves.
Upon formal opening of the road, JIATF Kennon said member-agencies of the task force will be deployed on standby status to implement and conduct their mandates in maintaining, securing, and providing safety mechanisms along the stretch of Kennon Road.
Other members of the task force are the Office of the Civil Defense, Cordillera Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council, the local governments of Tuba and Baguio, and the City District Engineering Office, and Benguet 1st Engineering District of the DPWH.
Passing through Kennon Road, the shortest route leading to Baguio, has been on an open-close basis either for outbound or inbound vehicles since April, except for some major events usually in Baguio, due to rock and landslides at some sections. – Rimaliza A. Opiña