Drivers have until May 24 to "nominate" a road for the dubious
distinction of being B.C.'s worst
BURNABY, BC, May 18 /CNW/ - Thousands of B.C. drivers have responded to
a call by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) to take
part in the first ever "Worst Roads" campaign by identifying the road
or highway that they believe is most in need of improvements. To date,
over 3,500 British Columbians have cast their vote and 431 roads have
been nominated for the title of B.C.'s 'worst road'.
BCAA Members and other B.C. residents have until May 24, 2011 to vote
and become part of the "Worst Roads" campaign. You can nominate your
'worst road' by visiting www.bcaa.com/worstroads , or by completing a ballot at any BCAA location. One vote per person,
"This campaign provides a platform for British Columbians to voice their
concerns about deteriorating, unsafe or inefficient roads in their
communities," says BCAA President & Chief Executive Officer Tim Condon.
"The tremendous response from BCAA Members and other drivers is an
indication that many roads across the province may have been overlooked
for maintenance and are in desperate need of repair or redesign."
To date, the top ten, leading Worst Roads in B.C. are:
Ospika Blvd S, Prince George
Enderby Mabel Lake Rd, Enderby
Pattullo Bridge, Surrey
Harris Rd, Saturna Island
Hope Princeton Hwy
Silver Star Rd, Vernon
Westside Rd, Falkland
Pacific Rim Hwy
George Massey Tunnel, Richmond
North Nechako Rd, Prince George
At the close of voting on May 24th, the results will be tabulated and a
list of B.C.'s Top 20 'Worst Roads' will be published featuring the
most voted-for roads in the province. BCAA will also share detailed
results with municipalities and the provincial Ministry of
Transportation and Infrastructure to ensure they are aware of drivers'
concerns, and to find out how they are planning to improve B.C.'s
problem roads and highways.
"Poor road conditions affect us all through increased vehicle repair
costs, wasted time spent in congestion or by creating unsafe conditions
for drivers, cyclists and other road users," says Condon. "BCAA
encourages all B.C. drivers to nominate a 'worst road' and help us
advocate for better, safer roads."
In Ontario, where CAA has been running a "Worst Roads" campaign since
2003, over 90 per cent of the Top 20 "Worst Roads" have either been
fixed or slated for repairs in the near future.
For the purposes of the survey, a 'worst road' is defined as any piece
of paved infrastructure—including a bridge or tunnel—that is in need of
repair, has damaging potholes, needs resurfacing, is unsafe and
contributes to frequent accidents, or is often heavily congested. Roads
that are poorly designed or too narrow for motorists, pedestrians and
cyclists to share safely also qualify as a 'worst road'. Voting closes
on May 24, 2011.
BCAA strives to deliver an amazing experience to its 790,000 members,
providing peace-of-mind and meeting their automotive, road travel and
insurance needs. BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.,
with $400 million in gross annual sales and a Member in one-in-four
B.C. households. In addition to receiving award winning roadside
assistance and insurance services, Members can also take advantage of
CAA dollar rewards, insurance discounts and the Member exclusive Show
Your Card & Save program. To learn more about BCAA's benefits, services
and advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.
SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association
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