BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — The government’s spending of more than P3 billion for the repairs and rehabilitation work of Kennon Road–which has been closed for three years now and is one of the major routes to this city–is questioned by city councilors as the project is taking so long to complete.
During the city council regular session on Monday, May 3, the members stressed the importance of the 33.7-kilometer Kennon Road’s restoration as soon as possible, given that there are five other critical sections that also need to be repaired.
Earlier, the councilors had invited the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to explain why work along the most scenic zigzag route to the summer capital was still unfinished. The councilors cited the impact the Kennon Road brings to the businesses of Baguio and Tuba town in Benguet once the project is completed.
Historically speaking, this is the most expensive mountain route constructed and completed in 1905 for the American colonial government by local and foreign workers like the Japanese and Chinese who lived in Baguio and Benguet province, the city council said.
Recalling its historical significance, Kennon Road is the best route than the rest of the routes as it only takes more than 50 minutes with a drive up from Rosario, La Union province. It also connects to Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx), reducing travel time from Metro Manila to Baguio to under four hours.