Here's your chance to vote for the worst road in Ontario

Cheryl Santa Maria
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Here's your chance to vote for the worst road in Ontario
Here's your chance to vote for the worst road in Ontario
Here's your chance to vote for the worst road in Ontario

CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is re-starting its Worst Roads Campaign, following a one-year hiatus.

While the campaign has been around since the early 2000s, this year's responses may be different from the norm. COVID-19 has changed the way we commute, with an increased demand for bicycles since the onset of the pandemic, and rush hour traffic grinding to a halt in some city centres.

Ontarians are invited to visit the CAA Worst Roads website and cast their vote. Polls close April 18, and participants will be entered into a draw to win free gas for a year, among other secondary prizes.

“The campaign is a platform for all road users to highlight which roadway improvements should be prioritized by our different levels of government,” Raymond Chan, government relations manager CAA SCO said in a statement.

“The campaign gives decision-makers a snapshot of what roads the public perceives are not meeting their expectations.”

Chan adds the pandemic, and the lighter traffic patterns it has created, has gifted city planners an opportunity to invest in infrastructure.

"Governments should continue to take advantage of lighter traffic patterns as an opportunity for road repair," he says.

"These efforts can also be refocused on increasingly popular modes of transportation, such as cycling and walking.”

After the 18th, CAA will compile its top 10 worst roads in the province.

Here's a look back at the previous list, compiled in 2019:

  1. Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto

  2. Riverdale Drive, Washago

  3. Dufferin Street, Toronto

  4. County Road 49, Prince Edward

  5. Barton Street East, Hamilton 6. Burlington Street East, Hamilton

  6. Avondale Road, Belleville

  7. Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto

  8. Carnegie Beach Road, Scugog

  9. Bathurst Street, Toronto

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