Steeles, Dufferin among worst roads in Ontario
Toronto's Dufferin Street, Steeles Avenue and Lawrence Road are among the worst in the province, according to the Canadian Automobile Association.
The CAA released the results of a six-week survey on Thursday, naming a total of eight Toronto roadways among the 20 worst in Ontario.
"There are a lot of roads in Toronto. Eight have made the worst roads again. There is still a lot of work to be done," spokeswoman Faye Lyons told reporters gathered along Dufferin Road on Thursday.
Dufferin Street is scheduled to be resurfaced and repaved, Lyons said. But plans have been delayed by construction surrounding the Dufferin Jog, at King Street.
"It is another street in Toronto that has made our worst roads list a number of times and it is a road that a lot of voters in Toronto are concerned about," she said.
Each year, CAA appeals to drivers across the province to chime in on the roads they feel are suffering the worst from crumbling infrastructure and disrepair, and release a list of the 20 top contenders.
Toronto's worst roads are:
- Lawrence Road
- Finch Avenue
- Dufferin Street
- Eglinton Avenue West
- Steeles Avenue
- Kingston Road
- Bayview Avenue
- St. Clair Avenue
Other roads considered top offenders are found in Oshawa, Ottawa, Hamilton, Sudbury, St. Catharines and Thunder Bay.
Pelican Falls Road in the municipality of Sioux Lookout was ranked the worst. It made the list for the first time after a local high school campaigned against the dangers of the rural roadway.
CAA said in a statement that 90 per cent of roads named to their annual list have already, or are in the midst, of being repaired.
Lyons said there is a nearly $300-million backlog of road repairs across the city, an issue she hopes mayor-elect Rob Ford will address.
"I look forward to working with mayor-elect Ford and the new city council. We hope to share with them the need and emphasize the priority in addressing the backlog in the City of Toronto," she said.
Steeles Avenue also made the best roads list, after federal stimulus money helped pave some of the worst sections.