QUEBEC CITY, April 29, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time, CAA-Quebec has launched an initiative to establish a list of the worst roads in the province. As of today, residents in all regions can make their voices heard at worstroads-caaquebec.com, by either reporting a road or stretch of road that in their opinion deserves "hall of shame" status, or voting for one that's already been nominated. At the end of May, CAA-Quebec will use the list to encourage the relevant authorities to repair and maintain them.
"When we say 'worst road,' we mean worse that a couple of potholes!" explains Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. "We're talking about surfaces in such bad shape that they can not only cause damage to vehicles, but are also a threat to traffic safety. And after the frigid winter we've just been through, we want authorities to heed the message that it's important to be even more vigilant and take the necessary action, because too often, simply patching the cracks isn't enough." CAA-Quebec's Worst Roads initiative is above all an entertaining way for members of the public to voice their concerns.
How to vote
Starting today and until May 24, people can vote at worstroads-caaquebec.com. They can quickly and easily locate "their" worst road using the map tool, and then complete a short identification form to nominate it. Users can also vote for a road that has already been nominated (some restrictions apply, however).
After tabulating the results, CAA-Quebec will inform the relevant local and provincial authorities of which roads made the list, and also keep members of the public updated on follow-up actions, via its website and social media.
"It's important to remember that the public has the right to demand that our road infrastructures be maintained in good condition," Ms. Gagnon continues. "The worst thing would be go back to a maintenance-deficit situation, which would require even higher investments. This is why we're asking for the public's help in identifying sections of road where immediate action is required. Given the significant amounts earmarked for road repairs and maintenance in the 2015–2025 Quebec Infrastructure Plan, some $16.7 billion, we can only hope that the authorities will follow through on their commitment to maintain our roads, and set priorities on work to be done."
CAA-Quebec reminds the public that its Road Problem Watch microsite is another part of the solution when it comes to improving our roads. With more than 25,000 problems reported to date, the online tool helps raise authorities' awareness so that they can make timely repairs. "By going to Road Problem Watch, people can report damage that needs fixing, and by voting for Worst Roads, they can take a stand, and have their voices heard!" Ms. Gagnon concludes.
Presence elsewhere in Canada
For the past few years, several CAA clubs, for example in Ontario, have been compiling Worst Roads lists. These other Canadian campaigns have already attracted thousands of votes and helped focus authorities' attention on the importance of road maintenance.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges to its 1,290,000 members.
For further information: Montreal: Anne-Sophie Hamel, Communications Advisor and Spokesperson, 514 861-7111, ext. 5478, Cell: 514 717-4040, [email protected]