Best of worst roads

An­nual cam­paign launches giv­ing res­i­dents chance to voice con­cerns

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - BEA SERDON

On­tar­i­ans across the prov­ince can now par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual CAA Worst Roads cam­paign.

By vot­ing on­line, the pub­lic can, once again, voice their con­cerns about the roads most in need of at­ten­tion in their city or town. To pro­mote their cause, the CAA held kick-off events at sev­eral lo­ca­tions all over On­tario.

“Our main goal this year is to let peo­ple know that they have a say when it comes to ded­i­cated in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing,” said Ray­mond Chan, gov­ern­ment re­la­tions with CAA South Cen­tral On­tario.

Roads can be nom­i­nated for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons such as pot­holes, de­te­ri­o­rat­ing pave­ment, poor or nonex­is­tent cy­cling or walk­ing in­fra­struc­ture or poor road signs.

“We find that whether it be mem­bers of the CAA or the gen­eral pub­lic, they don’t nec­es­sar­ily know how to ap­proach some­thing like this — like how to get a pot­hole filled or fixed. We want to pro­vide that fo­rum to them so they can voice their con­cerns,” said Chan.

Chan em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of plan­ning ahead by the gov­ern­ment in re­gards to ded­i­cated in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing. Last year, from more than 2,500 in­di­vid­ual roads nom­i­nated, the road that topped their list was County Road 49 in Prince Ed­ward County.

“Mayor Quaiff of Prince Ed­ward County was very ac­tive and vo­cal in en­cour­ag­ing gov­ern­ments to in­crease the spend­ing in that area and fix up County Road 49. He re­ally ral­lied his lo­cal res­i­dents to go out and vote.”

Chan said there is a lot of cracks and pot­holes in that road which is the main high­way in the cot­tage coun­try re­gion.

“He also re­ally cred­ited the cam­paign for hav­ing shone a spot­light within that par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity and for that stretch of the road,” said Chan.

The CAA also com­piles a re­gional list in or­der to give a more lo­cal per­spec­tive to dif­fer­ent re­gions across the prov­ince. Mar­shall Road in Belleville made the cut for the re­gional worst roads list.

“We’re re­ally ask­ing from in­put from all road users; whether you are a mo­torist, cy­clist, pedes­trian or a transit rider. We want to hear what your pain points are dur­ing your daily com­mute”

Robert Costello of Madoc sup­ports this ini­tia­tive and said that he’ll be vot­ing for the road he lives on, Quin Mo Lac Road.

“I think it’s about time that the roads were im­proved in On­tario. It’s been quite a while,” Costello added.

The pub­lic can visit www.caa­worstroads.com to vote for their worst road and also see a real-time rank­ing of the cur­rently most nom­i­nated roads.

BEA SERDON/SPE­CIAL TO THE INTELLIGENCER

A cus­tomer puts in his bal­lot in sup­port of the an­nual CAA Worst Roads cam­paign in their Belleville of­fice on Wall­bridge-Loy­al­ist Road. The pub­lic can now voice their con­cerns about roads they think need the most at­ten­tion by vis­it­ing www.caa­worstroads.com.

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