Toronto knocked out of first place in worst roads survey

Published: May 21, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Callum Micucci



Toronto’s Dufferin St. has been bumped from first to third place on this year’s Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) Ontario’s Worst Roads list by two streets in Timmins, Ontario.

Dufferin St. topped the list from 2012-2014.

Dufferin was bumped due to a concerted effort from the people of Timmins to vote for their streets, even though the City of Toronto has begun resurfacing efforts on Dufferin.

“We are pleased to see the City of Toronto has begun road resurfacing along Dufferin Street,” said Caroline Grech, a spokeswoman for CAA, in a press release.

“Although Dufferin and the City were bumped from the top spot by focused efforts in some communities, just over 300 roads in the City of Toronto were nominated, demonstrating the need for Council to keep infrastructure as a top priority,” she said.

According to the CAA, the 2015 campaign saw a 26 per cent increase in voter turnout, “highlighting that the condition of the roads across the province are on the minds of many Ontarians.”

Of the roads on the top 10 list, 90 per cent of voters said that “potholes and crumbling pavement were the reason why the voted,” while other factors included “traffic congestion, timing of traffic lights, and pedestrian access,” according to the press release.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads of 2015 are:

  1. Algonquin Boulevard West in Timmins, Ontario
  2. Algonquin Boulevard East in Timmins, Ontario
  3. Dufferin Street in Toronto, Ontario
  4. Highway 144 in Greater Sudbury, Ontario
  5. Carling Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario
  6. Radical Road in Port Dover, Ontario
  7. Burlington Street East in Hamilton, Ontario
  8. Riverside Drive in Timmins, Ontario
  9. Dominion Road in Fort Erie, Ontario
  10. Bayview Avenue in Toronto, Ontario

In total, over 2,000 roads were nominated for the list, of which 300 were located in Toronto.