Toronto improving in the worst roads rankings

Way to go Toronto – for the first time in the history of CAA’s Worst Roads campaign, your roads are not among the top five.

The dubious distinction of the top spot in 2016 belongs to County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, bumping last year’s winner Algonquin Boulevard West in Timmins to second place.

But don’t get too excited, GTA and Hamilton – three of the top 10 roads are from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Dufferin Street in Toronto, which held the number one position on the provincial list for several years, has continued its descent on the top 10 list, falling to number nine this year.

“The results of CAA’s Worst Roads campaign show that more dedicated funds are needed from existing sources to address our growing infrastructure challenges,” says Raymond Chan, government relations specialist, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO). “With a record number of roads from across Ontario nominated this year, the results highlight the growing need for infrastructure investment and prioritization in communities across the province.”

“This year’s Worst Roads Campaign once again solidified that although much work has been done across the province to maintain and repair Ontario’s roads, greater investments are needed to tackle the staggering municipal infrastructure deficit in Ontario,” adds Geoff Wilkinson, executive director of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association. “An efficient transportation system is essential for a vibrant economy and good quality of life – connecting our communities and enabling businesses to get their goods to market.”

ONTARIO’S TOP 10 WORST ROADS, 2016

  1. County Road 49, Prince Edward County
  2. Algonquin Boulevard West, Timmins
  3. Balmoral Street, Thunder Bay
  4. Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins
  5. Queenston Street, St. Catharines
  6. Burlington Street, Hamilton
  7. Lorne Street, Sudbury
  8. Bayview Avenue, Toronto
  9. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  10. Riverside Drive, Timmins; Water Street, Thunder Bay (tied for 10th)

 

WORST ROADS BY REGION

TORONTO

  1. Bayview Avenue
  2. Dufferin Street
  3. Lawrence Avenue East
  4. Markham Road
  5. Scarlett Road

 

OTTAWA

  1. Carling Avenue
  2. St. Joseph Boulevard
  3. Renaud Street
  4. Main Street
  5. Hunt Club Road

 

HAMILTON

  1. Burlington Street East
  2. Governors Road
  3. Barton Street East
  4. Main Street
  5. Parkdale Avenue North

 

KITCHENER-WATERLOO/GUELPH

  1. Franklin Boulevard, Cambridge
  2. Radical Road, Port Dover
  3. Bridge Street West, Waterloo
  4. Gibbons Street, Goderich
  5. York Road, Guelph

 

RELATED READING

Toronto’s priciest – and cheapest – areas for car insurance

Neighbourhood Profile: Bayview Village

Neighbourhood Profile: Ottawa’s Carlingwood

KW getting transit-inspired communities right

Buying or renting a condo? Walk a little, to save a lot

Break and enter: Top ‘hoods on a burglar’s hit list

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS ARTICLE, SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS

Of course you can unsubscribe at any time

More News & Inspiration