Heads up to any motorists planning to head up to Baguio for the Undas holiday weekend: The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has closed Kennon Road to vehicles, due to dangers brought about by Typhoon Rosita.
The agency made the announcement earlier today via social media. In the statement, DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region director Tiburcio Canlas said that motorists who would pass the scenic zigzag road leading up to the country’s summer capital would be exposed to “extreme danger,” hence the decision to close this route.
Among the hazards emphasized by the DPWH are falling rocks, ongoing bridge repairs, and the onslaught of Typhoon Rosita. The agency said motorists visiting Baguio or other areas of Benguet must instead take Marcos Highway or Rosario-Pugo-Baguio Road, Naguilian Road or Bauang-Baguio Road, and Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road via the Rosario-Pugo Road.
According to the statement, DPWH personnel and equipment are already in position for road clearing and possible disaster-response operations.
“The DPWH will immediately undertake road-clearing operations for debris of ‘Rosita’ especially along national highways and major thoroughfares to allow unhampered movement of people,” the agency’s Facebook post reads.
You can check out the DPWH’s full announcement below. Again, if you plan on heading up to Baguio City in the coming days, forget about taking Kennon Road—you’ll have other opportunities in the future to take in the iconic route’s mountain views and fresh air. Drive safe.