Catching the cool breeze of the Capital is not too late. For those who want to have the fastest travel to Baguio City, Kennon Road was closed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) due to rockfall.
The DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Office posted an advisory that Kennon Road is temporarily closed until further notice.
“After the assessment of the road line, the Task Force Kennon Road and DPWH personnel found falling rocks along intermittent sections in the area. Heavy rainfall have recently been experienced in Benguet, causing disturbance of the slopes. To avoid accidents, motorists are advised to avoid Kennon Road at this time, while residents should observe extreme caution.”
What are the other roads to Baguio City?
While Kennon Road is the best way to reach Baguio City through the entry point in Rosario La Union if the tourists are coming from the South, there are several other highways to get into the city.
Marcos Highway (now Aspiras-Palispis Highway)– Named after the late President Marcos, the highway remains a popular way to Baguio City. It has to entry points, in Rosario and Agoo, La Union. While it is longer than Kennon, Marcos Highway consists of wider lanes. All class of vehicles can traverse the highway while Kennon Road fits only for class 1.
Naguilian Road (Quirino Highway) – This road was the utilized when Marcos Highway and Kennon Road were closed in 2018. For those travelers coming from the North especially from La Union, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, this can be an option
Aringay-Tubao Alternate Road and Anduyan Bridge – The alternate road is a 14.24 kilometers road section along Aringay-Tubao, La Union which will facilitate a scenic travel to Asin Hotspring in Tuba, Benguet and Baguio City. This would that would cut travel time to Baguio City by one hour.
Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road – This road is quite dangerous, and has tunnels along the road which used to be intended for rail services from Aringay to Baguio. Be prepared to drive with patience, enjoying the scenery. There are hot springs and resorts along the road.
Halsema Road – this road provides the capacity of the people of Benguet to travel to Mountain Province and Ifugao. This road is the gateway to tourist spots like Sagada and Banaue.
Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road – if tourists are coming from Cagayan Valley, then, the Baguio Nueva Viscaya Road is the best fit.
It is refreshing to go to Baguio City at least once a year. Surely, the scenic mountains, hills, water falls will be advantageous for nature lovers. More importantly, the cold weather is what the City best offering for all!