May 28, 2014 12:00 pm

Toronto’s Dufferin Street voted worst road in Ontario

TORONTO – For the third year in a row, Dufferin Street in Toronto has been voted the worst road in Ontario.

CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) released its annual Worst Roads list Wednesday morning with seven of the top 10 worst roads located in Toronto.

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Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, Burlington Street East in Hamilton and Carling Avenue in Ottawa round out the list.

Ontarians were asked to cast their vote online in March for the roads most in need of repair or redesign.

The CAA SCO said 90 per cent of the voters complained about crumbling pavement and pothole ridden streets as the reasons for selecting the road.

Road safety advocates say municipalities across the province need a dedicated fund to help them plan and forecast road maintenance and repair.

“CAA SCO has led the conversation about dedicating gas tax revenues to transportation and infrastructure projects for many years,” said Faye Lyons, Government Relations, CAA SCO.

“With a provincial election taking place in a couple of weeks and a municipal election this fall, we encourage residents across the province to ask their local candidates about what their position is on issues surrounding transportation and infrastructure.”

The provincial excise tax currently stands at 14.7 cents on every litre of gas and diesel sold in Ontario which generated approximately $3.1 billion in 2012-2013.

The Ontario Road Builders’ Association, who has partnered up with the CAA SCO on the campaign, says the harsh winter this season has caused more damage than usual.

Since the CAA’s Worst Roads List was created, Dufferin Street has been nominated seven times while Steeles Avenue has earned eight tallies.

Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads for 2014:

  1. Dufferin Street (Toronto)
  2. Stanley Avenue (Niagara Falls)
  3. Kipling Avenue (Toronto)
  4. Finch Avenue West (Toronto)
  5. Burlington Street East (Hamilton)
  6. Bayview Avenue (Toronto)
  7. Carling Avenue (Ottawa)
  8. Markham Road (Toronto)
  9. Lawrence Avenue East (Toronto)
  10. Wilson Avenue (Toronto)
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