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Baguio - Nueva Vizcaya Road

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The Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road, also known as the Baguio-Aritao Road or Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road, is the newest road system that connects the northeastern to the northwestern Luzon provinces in the Philippines.
Some think that Baguio City is located close to the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province, which is located north of Nueva Vizcaya province in the Philippines.

The truth is, they are located on opposite ends of the Cordillera Region of the Philippines. It used to take the same length of time to get to Banaue from Baguio as it would to get there from Manila.
The good news is that there is now a newly-refurbished road system that cuts travel time by about 3 hours from Baguio City. While travel time to Banaue would still take about 8-9 hours from Manila from the City of Pines, the trip to see the world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces would take just about 6 hours instead.

You see, travelers used to have to head south from Baguio City to Rosales Pangasinan, turn left and start heading eastward, passing through Umingan, Pangasinan until one reached San Jose, Nueva Ecija to turn left again heading north. Then there would be that northward climb up Dalton Pass to Nueva Vizcaya until one reaches Ifugao province. This new road allow travelers to simply go from west to east and vice versa
More About the Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road
The 104-kilometer Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road is the shortest route between the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino in the northeast and the provinces of Benguet, La Union and Ilocos Sur in the northwest, according to the data from the Cordillera offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-CAR) of the Philippines.

This road also links Cagayan Valley, which has its own export processing zone, to the external transport facilities in San Fernando Airport and seaport in La Union via Baguio City's Naguilian Road and Marcos Highway.
Funded under the Philippine-Japan Highway Loan Project, the Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road Improvement Project was done in phases: the first one starts at the Wright Park Rotonda in Pacdal, Baguio City and ends in Pangawan, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya, for a distance of 68 kilometers.

The second phase covered what used to be a dirt road from Kayapa to the Pan-Philippine Highway junction in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya and has a total length of 36 kilometers.

There are a total of 15 bridges along this route, as follows:

  • in Baguio City - Pacdal Bridge

  • in Benguet Province - Adunot Bridge, Minac Bridge, Sombrero Bridge, Acnip Bridge, Taal Bridge, Pito Bridge

  • in Nueva Vizcaya - Kayapa Bridge, Odon Bridge, Pingkian Bridge, Sta. Cruz Bridge, Baan Bridge, Lobo Bridge, Cauayan Bridge and Laton Bridge

A special feature is the rehabilitation of Ambuklao Road via the Ambuklao By-Pass which bypasses three (3) kilometers of the old road that snaked around the mountains and the spillway of the dam that empties into the Binga Dam downstream.

The Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road becomes an important alternative route for the North-South Luzon traffic (on the Northeastern Luzon side) especially, using Daang Maharlika in case scenic Dalton Pass, which is Nueva Vizcaya's counterpart of Baguio City's Marcos Highway, becomes impassable for some reason.
Click the map above to get to Google Maps, or view the Interactive Map of Baguio to find Pacdal Circle, where the road starts & head on to Ambuklao Road.
How to Get to Baguio City from Nueva Vizcaya

At the Pan-Philippine Highway junction in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya turn to the Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya road.

Keep driving straight for 104 kilometers, passing through 15 bridges until you get to Ambuklao Road; keep going downhill until you reach Pacdal Circle with Wright Park to your left.
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