Sometimes the road to love can be long and, in the case of Steeles Avenue, it has also been patched, lined and rutted.

But Toronto is on the brink of showing some big love to its most maligned street, by way of a major makeover that could begin as early as the fall, says Gary Welsh, the city’s general manager of transportation services.

The street dividing Toronto and York Region has topped the Canadian Automobile Association list of Ontario’s worst roads three times out of six.

Yesterday, the CAA launched its 2009 worst roads campaign at the corner of Bathurst and Steeles to highlight the lack of maintenance.

But pending federal infrastructure stimulus funding approval, Toronto plans to go ahead with a $10 million resurfacing “of as much of Steeles as is practically possible,” Welsh said yesterday.

“We need to tell our politicians they need to make our road infrastructure improvements a priority,” said CAA spokeswoman Faye Lyons, who put the cost of overhauling Steeles at about $100 million.