The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to improve the road that connects old Novaliches Poblacion in Quezon City with portions of North Caloocan and Valenzuela City as part of the Duterte administration’s ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’ program.

The nine-kilometer long Gen. Luis Malinis Road, previously known as the old Novaliches-Polo Road, will be widened and upgraded with a budget of Php 2.8 billion.

As the only direct link from MacArthur Highway in Barangay Malinta, Valenzuela City to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Quirino Highway, it is used by all kinds of vehicles - buses, passenger jeepneys, taxicabs, trucks, motorcycles and tricycles – 24 hours a day.

Nine big and populated barangays with numerous subdivisions, manufacturing plants, schools, shopping malls, banks, drug distribution outlets and residential houses lie along its stretch, which makes overall travel speed along the very slow.

As a designated route of cargo trucks, the road does not observe any truck ban, which adds to further traffic congestion.

The project aims to expand the carriageways of the road network, rehabilitate three short bridges along it in Malinta, Maysan and Paso de Blas and increase travel time along the nine-kilometer road from the present one hour and thirty minutes.

Construction is expected to start January 2018 and end one year later.