Halsema highway safety pushed

Reflectorized signages along Halsema Highway is being proposed by the Provincial Board of Benguet.

Board members Fernando Balaodan and Bernard Waclin are both advocating to make the province’s main highway safer in the midst of its improvement and development.

Both lawmakers said signs along the highway should be clear for all people to see when traversing its length especially during the wet season.

Balaodan said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should also impose a 10-meter rule for all ongoing projects for motorists to be informed of road work before entering into the construction site.

Both aldermen said it would be impossible to close portions of the highway as it is the main thoroughfare for major areas of the province leaving it to the discretion of the DPWH.

Halsema highway passes through Benguet province and ends in Bontoc town, the capital of the Mountain Province.

The highest point of the scenic highway is 7,400 feet above sea level.

The highway also connects eight municipalities in Benguet and four towns in Mountain Province. It is also the way to the tourist town Sagada, where visitors flock to all year round.

Halsema is also considered one of the world’s most dangerous areas to traverse.

This story, first published at SunStar Baguio, is produced under the Bloomberg Initiative Global Road Safety Media Fellowship implemented by the World Health Organization, Department of Transportation and VERA Files.


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