CAA names Ontario’s worst road after historic survey

Published: June 2, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



CAA has released its annual Ontario’s Worst Road survey for 2017 and the results may not be that surprising to residents in the province.

Burlington Street East in Hamilton has been named as the worst road in the province, while Duffering Street in Toronto was named second on the list. Lorne Street in Sudbury was named third worst after the most extensive survey in the 14-year history of the CAA report.

More than 3,000 streets were nominated this year and it is clear Ontarians are starting to take more action over poorly kept roads. This seems to be the case in rural areas, where residents are becoming more vocal about infrastructure. Elliot Silverstein, CAA’s manager of government relations, said brokers should relay what this means for insurance.

“The infrastructure of our roads could have an impact on insurance claims and other factors because, if there is significant damage that has been incurred, in some cases it could be hundreds of dollars in repairs, it does have an impact on insurance claims,” Silverstein said.

“We’ve seen in the last number of years a greater focus on rural communities appearing in the top five. On top of that we’ve seen different communities rallying together trying to send a message to their councils or different levels of government as to where dedicated funding is needed and that prioritization of projects is critical.”

Besides the top three worst roads, the following made up the rest of the list: Maley Drive, in Sudbury; Queenston Street, in St. Catharines; Algonquin Boulevard West, in Timmins; Hunt Club Road, in Ottawa; Carling Avenue, in Ottawa; Duckworth Street, in Barrie; Algonquin Boulevard East, in Timmins; Yonge Street, in Toronto; and County Road 49, in Prince Edward County.

“Burlington Street East in Hamilton which was ranked worst this year has been in the top 10 (worst roads) consistently since 2009. This has been a pain point for motorists for nearly a decade.”

“This underscores that not all communities have the infrastructure dollars they need to get these projects fully restored,” added Silverstein.