Toronto has once again been handed the dubious distinction of having the worst road in Ontario based on an annual poll.
For a second year, Steeles Avenue, which borders the north end of the city, tops the list of the 20 worst roads released by the Canadian Automobile Association and the Ontario Road Builders’ Association.
Toronto has four more roads in the Top 10 alone, a group that includes Ritson Road in Oshawa in second spot and Burlington Street in Hamilton in third.
Roads in Belleville, Ottawa and Sudbury round out the Top 10, while Kingston, London, St. Thomas and Welland roadways are named in the Top 20.
The CAA says almost 10,000 people voted for the road, highway or bridge they wanted fixed by casting ballots through the CAA’s magazine, at auto repair shops, at CAA stores, online and at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Spokeswoman Faye Lyons says it’s the highest number of votes they’ve seen in the seven years of their campaign.
Rob Bradford, executive director of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association, says substandard roads and bridges increase the damage done to vehicles and costs to families and businesses.
He says properly maintained roads and bridges also mean fewer injuries and deaths.
Ontario’s bottom 20
1. Steeles Avenue — Toronto
2. Ritson Road — Oshawa
3. Burlington Street — Hamilton
4. Palmer Road — Belleville
5. Finch Avenue — Toronto
6. Dufferin Street — Toronto
7. Carling Avenue — Ottawa
8. Vermillion Lake Road — Sudbury
9. Lawrence Avenue — Toron-to
10. St. Clair Avenue — Toronto
11. Riverside Drive — Ottawa
12. Brock Street — Kingston
13. Victoria Park Avenue — Toronto
14. Regent Street — Sudbury
15. Highway 401 —?southwestern Ontario, GTA
16. Wharncliffe/Western Road — London
17. Wellington Street —?St.?Thomas
18. Kingston Road —?Toronto
19. Denistoun Street — Welland
20. Eglinton Avenue — Toronto