Kennon Road remains closed this weekend; assessment of roads ongoing

BAGUIO CITY, April 5 (PIA) --The  Kennon Road will remain closed to traffic  this weekend for the safety of motorists as per advisory of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC).

 

The scheduled opening  of Kennon  Road for light vehicles  this weekend (6:00PM of April 5 to 6:00AM of April 8)   was cancelled by CRDRRMDC chairperson, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol upon the recommendation of Tuba Municipal Police  due to  falling rocks caused by rainfalls in the past few days.

Motorists are also advised to take safety measures when traversing other routes coming in and out of Baguio City namely Marcos Highway, Naguilian Road and the Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual-Tubao Road.

Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Tiburcio Canlas said their office with   CRDRRMC  and Task Force Kennon Road  are   conducting continuous monitoring of Kennon Road and other roads leading to Baguio City and Benguet to ensure safety of the road and the other structures especially after  the heavy rains in the past days.

Kennon Road has been opened for light vehicles on a two-way scheme on weekends since  March 15 to divert traffic coming in and out of Baguio City. Such scheme, however, is subject to change depending on the situation of the road such as  presence of falling rocks.

Canlas reiterated    Kennon Road cannot  be fully opened  yet since road construction including rock netting or slope protection and other improvements are still being done.  These are measures needed to be done to ensure the integrity and safety of  the road line.  

 He called on residents along the area to bear with the temporary road scheme since   construction being done in Kennon road would benefit them in the long run. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic Cawis

 

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