THE rehabilitation of Kennon Road into an all-weather road is slated to begin sometime in 2023, according to Baguio Representative Mark Go, who authored the bill that mandated its rehabilitation.
The rehabilitation process is expected to complete initial technical studies by 2023, when the actual bulk of the rehabilitation can then proceed.
Go’s bill, signed into law by former president Rodrigo Duterte, mandates the full rehabilitation and maintenance of Kennon Road to make it an “all-weather road.”
The law requires the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to implement and supervise the full rehabilitation and maintenance of Kennon Road, including the conduct of technical and engineering study and the determination of the extent and duration of the project.
“It is becoming impractical and costly to continue doing interim or provisional works in this major road for it to be passable every now and then. R.A. 11604 will mandate the complete rehabilitation of Kennon Road and would immediately end the highway’s ‘open-close’ situation making it passable to locals and tourists 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year,” said Rep. Mark Go.
Kennon Road is often subject to landslides brought about by inclement weather, and is subject to frequent closures due to such damages.