4 Winnipeg streets among worst in Manitoba, but top 3 are rural

The small, rural Manitoba communities of Faulkner, Brookdale and Anola have the worst of the worst when it comes to Manitoba's roads.

The Canadian Automobile Association released its annual Top 10 worst roads list on Tuesday. Six are rural-based while four are in Winnipeg.

"We've got Chevrier Boulevard, we've got Empress Street, which we know is slotted to get fixed next year, and we've got Pembina Highway, which is such a long stretch of road and while we have seen a lot of improvements on it, we know that there are some sections that are still in a really, really dire state," said CAA Manitoba spokesperson Liz Kulyk.

Fermor Avenue has also made a big leap.

"Fermor's always been in the top 20 but it hasn't been in the top 10 before, so this is a new one," Kulyk said. "It's another really long stretch that just gets in really bad shape if it doesn't have the right maintenance and upkeep."

But it's Provincial Road 239 in Faulkner, just east of Steep Rock, that gets the crown this year.

Provincial Road 353 in Brookdale, northeast of Brandon, is second, and Dugald Road in Anola is third.

The sixth annual online voting campaign was launched in March. It aims to draw attention to the province's most derelict and unsafe roads, with the results later distributed to government leaders for review.

Main Street South in Carman took the title in 2016, while Highway 280 in Gillam had the honour in 2015.

St. James Street in Winnipeg was ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the first four years of the annual campaign, falling to 10th last year.