What is that one road that you dread driving, cycling or walking on your commute? If it is County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, then unfortunately you are in good company. It ranks the number one worst road to travel in Ontario.

Every year the Canadian Automobile Association holds a campaign asking drivers, cyclists, transit riders and pedestrians (that just about covers everyone!) to identify the worst roads they travel. According to the CAA, the worst roads are those that “suffer from potholes, crumbling pavement and congestion, roads with pedestrian and cyclist safety issues, and roads that have confusing signs and bad traffic light coordination.”

The month long survey held in April provides a voice to locals that are frustrated with the road conditions. It is an opportunity to have your say and make change happen. Sick and tired of hitting those potholes? Potholes and crumbling pavement are the most common issues leading to a road being reported to CAA. Equally frustrating for people are confusing signage and poor cycling infrastructure.

Does any of this sound like your daily commute? Make sure you get heard and vote. Once all of the votes are in and tallied, CAA then uses the results to work with officials to get the work done to repair the roads.

The results are in and one of the conclusions is that more attention needs to be paid to smaller municipalities. For complete results click here

The 10 Worst Roads in Ontario

1County Road 49Prince Edward County
2Algonquin Boulevard WestTimmins
3Balmoral StreetThunder Bay
4Algonquin Boulevard EastTimmins
5Queenston StreetSt. Catharines
6Burlington Street EastHamilton
7Lorne StreetSudbury
8Bayview AvenueToronto
9Dufferin StreetToronto
10Riverside DriveTimmins
10Water StreetThunder Bay

The 5 Worst Roads in Eastern Ontario

1County Road 49Prince Edward County
2Limoges RoadLimoges
3Lansdowne StreetPeterborough
4Marshall RoadBelleville
5Otonabee DrivePeterborough

We would love to do an informal survey right here, right now, so feel free to leave the worst road you travel every day in the comments section below.

Did You Know?

From the CAA website:

Reporting potholes is important because they can be a major road hazard.

For potholes located on local or regional roads, you will need to contact the municipality responsible for that road. For potholes located on provincial highways, you will need to contact the Ministry District Office for the Province of Ontario.

How to contact a municipality

Most municipalities in Ontario have 311 programs in order to contact municipal service. You can dial 311 to report a pothole if the service is offered in your municipality. If 311 is not available, contact the main switchboard at the municipal offices and you will then be routed to the appropriate department.

How to contact the Province of Ontario

Potholes and other highway maintenance issues can be reported by contacting the Ministry of Transportation District Office in your region of the province. Please call 1-800-268-4MTO (4686) to be connected with the regional office in your area.

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