By: Luke Jones, Published on April 25, 2016 06:40 PM, Last Update on April 26, 2016 07:16 AM
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) has announced its 2016 Worst Roads Campaign for Ontario, focusing on streets and highways in Canada’s most populated province.
Ontario is home to over 9 million drivers and the country’s largest population centers, so the need to quality roads is just as vital as across Canada. What defines a bad road? It could be anything from consistent congested traffic, poor maintenance, material degradation, dangerous sidewalks, and poor stop lights.
Caroline Grech, Government Relations for CAA South Central Canada, says Ontarians can nominate streets and roads by names in the Worst Road Campaign.
"While winter in many parts of the province was not as harsh as other years, road and infrastructure maintenance continues to be an important issue for Ontarians. We want to know the worst road you have driven on in Ontario. Whether the issue is congestion, potholes, road signs, traffic lights or pedestrian and cycling safety, we want to hear from you."
Those wanting to cast a vote can do so at CAAWorstRoads.com, with voting open until April 29. People can nominate more than one place, but cannot vote for the same place more than one time, the CAA notes.
In a press release, the largest Automobile Association in Canada says that sometimes local municipalities are not to blame for a poor road. Government funding is sometimes not enough to maintain roads, and without stable funding problems can occur. The CAA is pushing for the government (both central and provincial) to provide a constant and permanent funding source for road repairs.
"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," commented Geoff Wilkinson, Executive Director, Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA). "Eliminating the infrastructure deficit currently facing municipalities will place municipalities and Ontario at a competitive advantage."