THORNHILL, ONT. – A new road has made it to the top of the CAA Worst Roads in Ontario for 2021 – Victoria Road in Prince Edward County.
This is the first time the road has made it on the top 10 list. Main concerns cited by voters include potholes and crumbling pavement. In second place is Carling Avenue in Ottawa and the third spot goes to Barton Street East in Hamilton.
Other changes on this year’s list include Riverdale Drive in Washago coming off the list and Toronto’s Eglinton Ave East dropping from first to fifth place.
The CAA Worst Roads campaign is a platform for Ontarians to make roads safer by helping municipal and provincial governments understand what roadway improvements are important to citizens and where they need to be made, states a release.
Roads in 117 municipalities across the province were nominated with drivers accounting for a majority of the votes being cast. Cyclists and pedestrians accounted for about a quarter of the votes.
Voters shared their primary reasons for selecting a road, with 81 per cent citing potholes or crumbling pavement, followed by traffic congestion (11 per cent) and no or poor walking infrastructure (seven per cent).
“As people continue working from home and traveling locally during the pandemic, we are seeing different roads appear on the list,” said Tina Wong, government relations specialist for CAA South Central Ontario, in a statement. “We should continue taking advantage of these lighter traffic patterns as an opportunity for necessary road repairs.”
Ontario’s top 10 list is verified by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA).
“ORBA provides analysis on the nominated roads, sheds light on why they were chosen and what issues are impacting them,” said Doubra Ambaiowei, technical director, ORBA. “Increased investment in our transportation infrastructure is vital in order to effectively maintain existing assets and plan for the future.”
Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads for 2021 are as follows:
- Victoria Road, Prince Edward County
- Carling Avenue, Ottawa
- Barton Street East, Hamilton
- County Road 49, Prince Edward County
- Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
- Hunt Club Road, Ottawa
- Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto
- Innes Road, Ottawa
- Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
- Queen Street, Kingston
Worst Roads by Region
- Central— Bell Farm Road, Barrie
- Eastern— Victoria Road, Prince Edward County
- Halton-Peel-York-Durham— Speers Roads, Oakville
- Niagara— Whirlpool Road, Niagara Falls
- North— Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
- South West— Plank Road, Sarnia
- Western— York Road, Guelph
For the full list of worst roads visit www.caasco.com/worstroads.