THE VERY WORST ROAD
Mountain Road in Christmas Island claims top spot.
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.
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.