Drivers shine spotlight on province's "Worst Roads" in BCAA campaign

Prince George's Ospika Blvd S. earns dubious distinction of being B.C.'s "worst road"

PRINCE GEORGE, BC, June 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Just under 4,000 B.C. drivers took part in the British Columbia Automobile Association's (BCAA) first-ever "Worst Roads" survey this spring, identifying 651 separate roads that they say are sorely in need of improvement. Topping them all was Ospika Boulevard South in Prince George which single-handedly garnered 552 votes - or 14% of the total votes cast in the survey.

BCAA President and CEO Tim Condon, in Prince George to announce the survey results, said the exceptional response to the survey allows BCAA to give province-wide profile to sub-standard roads in communities all across B.C. "By voting in our first-ever 'Worst Roads' survey, B.C. drivers have given BCAA the information and mandate to advocate for road improvements in communities throughout the province," said Condon. "We're pleased to see communities like Prince George 'get the vote out' in the hopes that their efforts will be rewarded with better and safer roads."

Condon noted that Prince George had three entries in B.C.'s 'top twenty' worst roads but, according to the City of Prince George, two of the three are slated for improvements this year and next, and the third (North Nechako) is on the City's five-year plan.

The 20 worst roads in the province, as determined by 3,997 B.C. drivers voting in BCAA's "Worst Roads" survey, are:

rank road (nearest) community # votes main problem cited
1 Ospika Boulevard South Prince George 552 Damaged pavement
2 Enderby-Mabel Lake Road Enderby 403 Damaged pavement
3 Patullo Bridge Surrey-New West 242 Congestion
4 Harris Road Saturna Island 147 Damaged pavement
5 Silver Star Road Vernon 117 Damaged pavement
6 Pacific Rim Highway Vancouver Island 109 Damaged pavement
7 Hope Princeton Highway Southern B.C. 85 Damaged pavement
8 Westside Road Falkland 81 Damaged pavement
9 Coalmont Road Princeton 71 Damaged pavement
10 George Massey Tunnel Richmond-Delta 62 Congestion
11 Iron Workers Memorial Bridge Vancouver- N.Van 56 Poor/no bike paths
12 Trans-Canada Hwy Revelstoke Revelstoke 49 Damaged pavement
13 North Nechako Road Prince George 48 Congestion
14 Daly Road Surrey 47 Damaged pavement
15 Oak Street Bridge Vancouver-Richmond 46 Damaged pavement
15 West Coast Road Shirley (Van. Island) 46 Damaged pavement
17 Domano Boulevard Prince George 34 Damaged pavement
18 Westside Road Kelowna-Vernon 33 Damaged pavement
19 Bamfield Road Port Alberni 32 Damaged pavement
20 Balfour-Kaslo-Galena Bay Hwy West Kootenay 30 Poor/no bike paths

"It's important to understand that this campaign is not intended as a statement about the condition of roads generally in B.C., as there is a tremendous amount of roadwork underway at both the provincial and municipal levels," added Condon. "Instead, what the 'Worst Roads' campaign does is enable drivers to highlight roads that may have been overlooked, or to remind governments that our infrastructure is aging, and certain roads and bridges no longer meet today's safety standards or traffic volumes."

In the coming weeks, BCAA will provide lists of all roads that received multiple votes to the responsible municipality or the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Feedback received will be published prior to the start to the 2012 campaign, next spring.

BCAA's 2011 Worst Roads campaign was conducted over four weeks, from May 3 to 24. Drivers were invited to nominate the road (or bridge or tunnel) in or near their community that they feel is most in need of improvement. A road could be identified as 'worst' either because it is in poor condition, unsafe or frequently congested.


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