The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) early Tuesday reopened Kennon Road to traffic after clearing landslide debris Monday night at Camp 2, Tuba, Benguet.
The strong rains spawned by tropical storm “Bebeng” in the area since Sunday triggered some landslides in various roads in the mountainous region of the Cordilleras.
Benguet first district engineer Albert Gahid said DPWH clearing crews had to move away boulders and soil from the affected section of the road for almost six to seven hours.
“The traffic flow is now normal but we cautioned drivers to be alert of still possible falling rocks as rains continue to affect our localities,” he said.
Kennon Road is the shortest route from lowland provinces to this city but time and again, landslides still occur as it is still being under rehabilitation since it was affected by the 1990 killer quake.
The 38-kilometer road known as “Zigzag” is vital to the economy in the area as an average of 10,000 vehicles travel along the route daily bringing both passengers and goods.