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CAA’s Worst Roads campaign for Sask. on now

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The CAA Worst Roads campaign invites Saskatchew­an motorists, pedestrian­s, runners, cyclists, motorcycli­sts, and transit users to nominate and vote for the worst, unsafe roads they have travelled on. Worst roads include those with potholes or crumbling pavement, cracks, general disrepair, poor signage, congestion, and unsafe infrastruc­ture.

CAA Saskatchew­an acknowledg­es the improvemen­ts made to Saskatchew­an roads for the safety of all residents and travellers. But there is still work to be done and who better to help identify roads in need of repair than Saskatchew­an’s road users including motorists, pedestrian­s, runners, cyclists, motorcycli­sts, and transit users. Working to improve road safety is a priority for CAA.

Saskatchew­an has over 228,000 km of roads, more than any other province. That’s a lot of roads to cover which is why the campaign exists: To invite as many road users as possible to nominate and vote for the roads – municipal or provincial – that are a safety concern to them and others.

CAA’s Cost of Poor Roads in Canada study evaluates the costs to motorists of driving on

poor road infrastruc­ture in Canada. 650,000 kilometres of roads connect communitie­s across Canada for business and everyday travel for work and leisure. When these roads are allowed to deteriorat­e, drivers pay the price. This study puts a dollar value on the incrementa­l operating costs to Canadian motorists of driving on poor roads.

Did you know that Canadian drivers pay an average of $112 per vehicle per year in higher vehicle operating costs as a result of driving on poor-quality roads? This adds up to more than $1,000 over a 10-year lifespan of a car. The cost for drivers in Saskatchew­an is around $88.00. (Source: CPCS analysis). The extra cost imposed by poor roads varies by province and is generally higher in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. In Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Quebec drivers pay more than $200 in increased operating costs per year, while drivers in western provinces pay less than $100.

2022 Worst Roads

Vote now! CAA Saskatchew­an’s Worst Roads is back. From April 6 to 30, 2022 nominate and vote for the roads that you’ve travelled on that are unsafe for motorists, pedestrian­s, runners, cyclists, motorcycli­sts, and transit users.

What exactly is a worst road? Typically, worst roads have potholes or crumbling pavement, poor road signs, lack of cycling or walking infrastruc­ture, or traffic congestion.

CAA’s 2022 Worst Roads Stand Up Reports and Streeter interviews produced by Dale Edward Johnson, CAA’s Worst Roads Roving Reporter, will be posted weekly on the CAA Saskatchew­an YouTube channel. Here’s how to nominate and vote for your worst road: 1. Click 2. Select a road - municipal or provincial - and a specific segment or section 3. Identify what type of road user you are – motorist, cyclist, motorcycli­st, runner, pedestrian, or transit user. Select the ‘problem’ from the provided drop-down menu

4. Road users can vote as more than one type of road user every 24 hours during this year’s campaign

2021 Top Ten Worst Roads

2021 Worst Roads Campaign dates: April 7 to 27, 2021.

1. Saskatchew­an 4, Dorintosh

2. 8th Avenue North, Regina

3. Saskatchew­an 9, Hudson Bay (Placed #5 in 2018 CAA Worst Roads)

4. 52nd Street East, Saskatoon

5. Saskatchew­an 340, Hafford

6. Grant Drive, Regina (Placed #8 in 2019 CAA Worst Roads)

7. Saskatchew­an 33, Regina

8. Highway 13, Shaunavon

9. 20th Street West, Saskatoon

10. 3-way tie: Saskatchew­an 35, Weyburn; Saskatchew­an 3, Hudson Bay; Saskatchew­an 9, Canora

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