Hamilton's Burlington Street East voted Ontario's Worst Road

CAA reveals provincial and regional lists for 2017

TORONTO, June 1, 2017 /CNW/ - The votes are in and Ontario's Worst Road for 2017 is Burlington Street East in Hamilton.

Taking the second and third place spots on CAA's annual list are Dufferin Street in Toronto and Lorne Street in Sudbury. Burlington Street East has risen progressively higher up the top 10 list since it first appeared on the CAA Worst Roads list in 2009. Dufferin Street has made nine appearances on the provincial top ten list since the campaign's inception.

"With Burlington Street East attaining the top spot on this year's CAA Worst Roads list, it is a clear message by voters that this road isn't meeting the needs of residents," said Raymond Chan, government relations specialist, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO). "We look forward to discussing the results of this year's list with elected officials and municipal staff from across the province in the coming months."

"I hope that CAA's spotlight will spur some much-needed improvement on Burlington Street East and the many other Hamilton roads that require immediate attention," said Paul Miller, MPP (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek). "We must invest in the repair and maintenance of our existing infrastructure as well as in building new transport connections. People depend on this road to be safe."

Over 3000 roads were nominated from across the province this year, the highest number since the campaign's inception.

"Once again this year, we see evidence that regular maintenance required to extend road life, in many cases isn't being done," said Geoff Wilkinson, chief operating officer, Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA). "In other instances, roads are simply at the end of their life-cycle. While many municipalities see the importance of investing in maintenance and reconstruction of roads and bridges, CAA's Worst Roads campaign reminds us that many municipalities still have a long way to go in addressing their infrastructure deficit."

Ontario's Top 10 Worst Roads for 2017

1. Burlington Street East (Hamilton)

2. Dufferin Street (Toronto)

3. Lorne Street (Sudbury)

4. Maley Drive (Sudbury)

5. Queenston Street (St. Catharines)

6. Algonquin Boulevard West (Timmins)

7. Hunt Club Road (Ottawa)

8. TIE – Carling Avenue (Ottawa) AND Duckworth Street (Barrie)

9. TIE – Algonquin Boulevard East (Timmins) AND Yonge Street (Toronto)

10. County Road 49 (Prince Edward County)

Worst Roads by Region

  • Central – Duckworth (Barrie)
  • Eastern – County Road 49 (Prince Edward County)
  • Halton-Peel-York-Durham – Highway 7 (Markham)
  • Niagara – Queenston Street (St. Catharines)
  • North - Lorne Street (Sudbury)
  • South West – Plank Road (Sarnia)
  • Western – Northfield Drive West (Waterloo)

The top five roads in Toronto are: Dufferin Street at number one followed by Yonge Street, Bathurst Street, Eglinton Avenue West and Finch Avenue West.

"We have seen a significant shift this year in the top five Worst Roads in Toronto," continued Mr. Chan. "Bayview Avenue received more votes than any other Toronto road in 2016 but did not return this year, while Finch Avenue West and Bathurst Street appear for the first time. This year's list also features Eglinton Avenue West which is undergoing significant construction in preparation for the Crosstown LRT."

The CAA Worst Roads campaign is a platform for Ontarians to make roads safer by helping municipal and provincial governments understand what roadway improvements are important to citizens, and where they need to be made.

For the full list of 2017 Worst Roads please visit caaworstroads.com.

About CAA South Central Ontario
As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of over 2 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information: Kaitlynn Furse, PR Manager, P: (905) 771-3194, C: (647) 227-7559, E: kfur@caasco.ca; Sameen Butt, Communications Specialist, P: (905) 771-3457, C: (416) 998-6571, E: sbut@caasco.ca

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