April 28, 2014 11:48 am

Have your say: Vote for the worst road in B.C.

VANCOUVER – Do you drive on a road that you believe is unsafe or in dire need of attention?

Now you can have your say in the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) annual “Worst Roads” survey.

“Roads that are jammed with traffic, full of damaging potholes or so deteriorated that you can barely see the road markings can be scary for anyone to use,” said Ken Cousin, BCAA’s associate vice-president of Road Assist. “By voting, you can draw some attention to those unsafe or inefficient roads that frustrate you the most.”

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Last year, 581 stretches of road were identified by British Columbians as being some of the province’s most unsafe, overly congested or deteriorating roads. Westside Road, the winner for two years in a row, has seen a $6.5 million investment made by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure towards improvements such as, realignment, paving and slow-moving vehicle pullout projects.

“We recognize that a lot of road work is underway throughout the province and that improvements take time,” said Cousin. “We all have a role to play. BCAA wants to ensure that drivers have a way to continue to identify frustrating roads and we ensure this information is shared with decision makers. As always, we urge British Columbians to do their part by driving safely and we have tips on our website to help.”

Until May 26, B.C. motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can cast a vote for their ‘Worst Road’ nominee by visiting the website, bcaa.com/worstroads or the BCAA Facebook page. Voters can pinpoint the stretch of road they feel is the ‘worst’ in B.C. and specify what infrastructure issue they’re concerned about. People can vote once per road, but for as many roads as they wish.

The BCAA “Worst Roads” survey defines a ‘worst road’ as any piece of paved infrastructure—including a bridge or tunnel—meant for public use, which exhibits any of the following characteristics:

  • has damaging potholes or crumbling pavement
  • needs resurfacing
  • is often heavily congested
  • has inadequate road markings or signs
  • is poorly designed for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to share safely

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