TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - With the release of the 2007 Ontario's Top 20
Worst Municipal Roads, commuters are sending a loud and clear message to all
three provincial party leaders that the funding and repair of municipal roads
must be a priority.
"Commuters are tired of driving on roads they deem unsafe, and they've
had enough of paying for expensive vehicle damages caused by bad roads," said
Kris Barnier, Provincial Affairs Specialist, CAA Ontario. "Cyclists, transit
users and motorists clearly want the provincial party leaders to commit to
fixing their municipal roads."
In total, more than 6500 votes were cast online and across select CAA
approved repair shops and stores. Commuters also sent close to 2,500
electronic postcards to Dalton McGuinty, John Tory, Howard Hampton and their
mayors letting them know that municipal road funding must be a priority.
This year's Top 20 Worst Municipal Roads in Ontario are:
NUMBER WORST ROAD MUNICIPALITY
1. Vermillion Lake Road City of Greater Sudbury
2. Bradley Avenue City of London
3. Lansing Avenue City of Greater Sudbury
4. Cardwell Street Township of Assiginack
5. Steeles Avenue City of Toronto/Region of York
6. Limebank Road City of Ottawa
7. Princess Street City of Kingston
8. Bancroft Drive City of Greater Sudbury
9. Bathurst Street City of Toronto
10. Notre Dame Avenue City of Greater Sudbury
11. Carling Avenue City of Ottawa
12. Dufferin Street City of Toronto
13. Maclean Drive City of Timmins
14. Canal Road Town of Bradford-West Gwillimbury
15. Garrison Road Town of Fort Erie
16. Garth Street City of Hamilton
17. Erb Street City of Waterloo
18. Anne Street City of Barrie
19. Onion Lake Road City of Thunder Bay
20. Brock Street City of Kingston
(Further commentary and some voter comments for these roads can be found
in the media release section of www.worstroads.ca).
In its 5th year, Ontario Worst Municipal Roads Campaign has had
tremendous success with municipal governments taking action or committing to
take action on 95% of the roads named since 2003.
"With the provincial election days away it is important that the party
leaders and candidates understand that Ontarians want improvements to our
municipal roads infrastructure," said Rob Bradford, Executive Director of the
Ontario Road Builders' Association. "The only way to ensure these improvements
happen is through long-term sustainable funding."
For further information:
For further information: Karen Gordon, Squeaky Wheel Communications,
(416) 997-9478; Kris Barnier, CAA Ontario, (416) 526-6403; Rob Bradford,
Ontario Road Builders' Association, (905) 507-1107