THE VERY WORST ROAD

Moun­tain Road in Christ­mas Is­land claims top spot.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

Moun­tain Road in Christ­mas Is­land has taken over top spot as the worst road in At­lantic Canada in the Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion 2016 Worst Roads cam­paign.

Gil­lis Point Road in Washabuck, Vic­to­ria County topped the list two years run­ning in 2014 and 2015.

The 2016 cam­paign at­tracted more than 7,000 votes for roads in New­found­land, Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick and Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

“It’s sad that you have to win this type of cam­paign and be rec­og­nized for the wrong rea­sons,” said Al­li­son MacKen­zie, who lives just off Moun­tain Road in Christ­mas Is­land. “Hope­fully it will lead to con­sul­ta­tion with the residents re­sult­ing in some ex­ten­sive re­pairs be­ing made to the road.”

MacKen­zie said in more ur­ban ar­eas the pop­u­la­tion may be de­clin­ing, but in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties along Route 223, the pop­u­la­tion is on the rise.

Route 223 runs from Leitches Creek to North Side Why­co­co­magh Bay on High­way 105 and in­cludes Christ­mas Is­land.

“There are new homes be­ing built along Route 223 and peo­ple need to get to Syd­ney and other ar­eas to work,” she said.

“There are times when those do­ing the garbage col­lec­tion can’t come to this area and we

will have a month’s worth of garbage built up in our barn.”

Ac­cord­ing to Gary Howard, vice-pres­i­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at CAA At­lantic, the

Worst Roads cam­paign al­lows the pub­lic to iden­tify the roads in their area that are in par­tic­u­larly rough shape or present dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­di­tions.

The sixth an­nual Worst Roads cam­paign ran un­til April 29, 2016, and vot­ing was open to the pub­lic.

The Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion is a fed­er­a­tion of nine clubs pro­vid­ing more than 6,000,000 mem­bers with road­side as­sis­tance, mem­ber re­wards and com­pre­hen­sive automotive and travel ser­vices.

CAA also ad­vo­cates on is­sues of con­cern to its mem­bers, in­clud­ing road safety, the en­vi­ron­ment, mo­bil­ity, in­fra­struc­ture and con­sumer pro­tec­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mo­torists have to put up with pot­holes and de­te­ri­o­rated shoul­ders along Moun­tain Road in Christ­mas Is­land. Moun­tain Road topped the Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion 2016 Worst Roads list.

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