The cost of inadequate investment



    ONTARIO'S WORST MUNICIPAL ROADS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Every day in Ontario, the cost of using
substandard municipal roads and bridges increases through damage to vehicles
(cars, trucks, buses and bikes), the environment and our wallets, and also
threatens our safety. Now entering its sixth year, Ontario's Worst Municipal
Roads Campaign launched with a call for politicians of all levels and stripes
to address the historically inadequate investment in improving our road and
bridge infrastructure and to dedicate long-term sustainable funding to help
make our drives smoother and safer.
    "We have had tremendous success bringing to the forefront the issue of
Ontario's crumbling municipal roads and bridges infrastructure with over 90%
of the roads named to our annual list being addressed," said Kris Barnier,
Chair of Ontario's Worst Municipal Roads Campaign. "The province has also
stepped up to the plate this year with a series of significant commitments to
help municipalities fix their ailing roads and bridges. While all levels of
government are paying attention and are doing more, we are calling on
politicians at all levels to work together to develop and fund a strategy that
will bring all Ontario roads up to a safe and acceptable state of repair."
    Motorists, cyclists and transit users have been logging onto
www.worstroads.ca every year since 2003 to cast their ballots for the worst
road in Ontario. Through the web site, motorists share stories about how bad
roads are causing thousands of dollars in damage to their cars and are putting
their safety at risk. Their clear message is that they want their politicians
to make road and bridge repairs a top-level priority.
    "Road users can join the campaign for sustainable funding and make their
voices heard by casting their ballot for a worst road at CAA stores or select
approved repair facilities, or by logging onto www.worstroads.ca," said
Barnier. "Voters also have the option of sharing their vote with their Mayor,
or they can send an e-card to Prime Minister Harper and Premier McGuinty,
calling on them to share money with municipalities for roads and bridges."
    The campaign, sponsored by CAA and the Ontario Road Builders'
Association, will be travelling to communities across Ontario over the next
six weeks to underscore the importance of making motorists' voices heard.
Voting closes October 20, 2008.




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