Toronto roads are leading the pack in Worst Roads survey



    TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The seventh annual Worst Roads campaign is just
past the two-week mark and Toronto roads are leading the charge.
    There are currently seven Toronto roads on the Top 20 Worst Roads list.
Those roads are Steeles Avenue, Dufferin Street, Finch Avenue, St.Clair
Avenue, Kingston Road, Victoria Park and Lawrence Avenue.
    "This is the first time in the campaign's history we have seen this many
roads in the city of Toronto lead the survey. It demonstrates how much
residents feel road infrastructure spending is important to them," said Faye
Lyons, spokesperson for CAA South Central Ontario.
    Ontarians started voting for the worst road or bridge in their community
on August 12. The campaign runs until September 30, 2009. Ballots can be cast
at CAA travel stores, CAA Car Care Centres, in select CAA-approved garages,
online at www.caasco.com/worstroads and now at the CAA booths located at the
Canadian National Exhibition. This is the first time ballots can be cast
during the CNE at the CNE. CAA is pleased to provide this voting option since
a couple of the roads (Bathurst St. and Dufferin St.) that lead into the
exhibition grounds have made the top 20 list in the past.
    You can also find us on Facebook and become a fan of CAA Worst Roads.
    "Dufferin Street is a perennial favourite and voters are showing signs of
frustration based on the comments we have been receiving," added Lyons. "We
encourage people to continue to cast their votes for any road, bridge, highway
they see fit, we've seen success. We launched our campaign on Steeles Ave.
which once again this year is in first place. But the good news is that we
understand that the City plans on resurfacing the entire stretch of Steeles
Ave. with work beginning this fall. We applaud this news and we would like to
thank the city of Toronto for listening to our voters."
    To date, over 90 per cent of the roads that have made the Top 20 list
have been or are in the process of being fixed. The campaign has also helped
generate $ 400 million for infrastructure from the province and $ 1.9 billion
from the federal government.
    On average the cost of time delays, vehicle operating costs, accidents,
vehicle emissions, vehicle repairs, commuting delays, work compensation, and
health care costs associated with excess congestion and hitting a pothole
amounted to as much as $3,000 per person each year (based on statistics from
Metrolinx for a person living in the GTA).
    In addition to pressuring municipalities to access infrastructure
dollars, this year's Worst Roads campaign was extended to also include
highways and bridges. So far Highway 401 is also on track to make the Worst
Roads list sitting in the top 20 after two weeks of voting.
    The campaign, sponsored by CAA and the Ontario Road Builders'
Association, will take its message across Ontario during the seven-week
campaign visiting 30 communities across the province.

    CAA South Central Ontario, CAA Niagara and CAA North and East are
not-for-profit auto clubs offering insurance, travel and roadside services.
There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in Ontario and 5 million members
in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Edyta Zdancewicz, Media and PR Specialist, 60
Commerce Valley Drive East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7P9, ez2@caasco.ca, Office:
(905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930

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