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Kennon Road to be opened for light vehicles going up to Baguio City

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A SECTION of Kennon Road under repair in this Sept. 2018 photo. — DPWH-CAR

KENNON ROAD, which has been under rehabilitation and repairs, will be temporarily opened on Feb. 14-18 and Feb. 22-March 4, but only for lights vehicles and just for the direction going up to Baguio City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced yesterday. Light vehicles covered are those with a maximum weight of five tons, as recommended by the Kennon Road Task Force. The temporary opening of the road is intended to help ease the expected traffic congestion as people flock to the mountain city for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alumni Homecoming and Panagbenga Festival. “The DPWH-CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) and other members of Kennon Road Task Force have agreed to open Kennon Road just for motorists going to Baguio. Those leaving Baguio can then utilize Marcos Highway, Naguilian Road or the Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual-Tubao Road,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said in a statement. Residents could be granted access to Kennon Road if they have submitted their vehicles’ plate numbers, to be included in the list of exemptions endorsed by their respective barangay chairman to Mayor Ignacio R. Rivera of the town of Tuba in Benguet province.