by Mary Wimmer
The votes are in and north and east Ontario’s Worst Road for 2017 is Lorne Street in Sudbury, followed closely by another Sudbury road, Maley Drive. The two placed third and fourth on this year’s annual ranking of roads most in need of repair.
More than 3,000 roads were nominated from across the province this year – the highest number since the campaign’s inception. Roads in the north and eastern part of the province also took in the sixth and seventh spots in CAA’s list. Algonquin Boulevard West in Timmins came in at sixth, followed by Hunt Club Road in Ottawa.
When it comes to pothole damage, poor road conditions present a clear cost to drivers. A recent survey suggest that Canadians are paying as much as $1.4 billion per year due to potholes, with more than 50% of drivers having experienced damage to their vehicle because of one and 32% reporting having paid between $250 and $500 on pothole-related vehicle damage within the last five years. The damage to vehicles ranges from punctured tires and bent wheels, to more expensive suspension issues.
CAA remains committed to holding its annual Worst Roads campaign every spring. The campaign provides a platform for Ontarians to make roads safer by helping municipal and provincial governments understand that roadway improvements are priority for citizens, and to make the appropriate changes where they need to be made.
All the roads on the Top 10 list have been verified by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association and CAA NEO will present the list and make recommendations to both the provincial and municipal governments. For the full list of 2017 Worst Roads please visit caaworstroads.com/north-and-eastern-ontario.
CAA North & East Ontario provides roadside assistance to Members, along with an extensive array of travel and insurance services designed to suit the individual needs, wants and expectations of its Members.