Published May 28, 2024

One local road makes CAA's Top Ten Worst Roads list

One local road makes CAA's Top Ten Worst Roads list
image courtesy CAA South Central Ontario

It is a teeth-clenching, bone-jarring, fender-rattling list.

CAA has compiled its 2024 Worst Roads List after taking votes from drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians for several weeks.

Two-thousand roads were nominated.

Aberdeen Road in Hamilton got the most votes.

One road from our region, Laclie Street in Orillia, made the Top Ten list provincially, checking in at number 10. But it was number one on the Central Region Top Five List, which includes Simcoe, Grey, Dufferin, and Bruce Counties, as well as Muskoka.

Others on the Central Region list are Huronia Road, Essa Road, and Victoria Street in Barrie, and Fraserburg Road in Bracebridge.

CAA Worst Roads lists provide decision-makers with an important citizen perspective on which roadway repairs need to be expedited and key priorities for infrastructure funding and investments moving forward.

"We know that the campaign works; time and time again, we see roads and infrastructure projects being moved up and budgets prioritized after the road has appeared on the list"

Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice president of government and community relations, CAA South Central Ontario

Drivers accounted for most of the nominations, while cyclists and pedestrians accounted for about a quarter. Primary reasons for selecting a road: 53 per cent cited potholes, followed by poor road maintenance (52 per cent), traffic congestion (13 per cent) and poor cycling infrastructure, or lack thereof (8 per cent).

Ontario's Top 10 Worst Roads for 2024

1. Aberdeen Avenue, Hamilton
2. Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto
3. Barton Street East, Hamilton
4. County Road 49, Prince Edward
5. Hurontario Street, Mississauga
6. Bloor Street West, Toronto
7. Cedar Street North, Uxbridge
8. Finch Avenue West, Toronto
9. Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto
10. Laclie Street, Orillia

Central Region (includes Bruce County, Dufferin County, Grey County, Muskoka District Municipality and Simcoe County)

1. Laclie Street, Orillia
2. Huronia Road, Barrie
3. Fraserburg Road, Bracebridge
4. Essa Road, Barrie
5. Victoria Street, Barrie

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