Drivers get their chance to vote on worst roadways in Niagara Region


Published March 28, 2023 at 10:38 am

As it has done every year, the CAA is giving drivers, bikers, bicyclists and pedestrian their chance to vote on the worst-maintained roads in their neighbourhoods.

When the survey was held in 2022, CAA Niagara was deluged with entries before finally declaring Ontario St. in St. Catharines to be the region’s worst road.

CAA Niagara said the top reasons were potholes and crumbling pavement (85 per cent of votes), poor road maintenance (81 per cent) and no or poor cycling infrastructure (40 per cent).

They also noted a strong rise in non-motorists giving their input as 65 per cent of voters identified as a cyclist or pedestrian.

Now in its 20th year, the survey is more than a chance to complain about road conditions, although drivers do revel in doing precisely that. CAA has noted that in the past, municipalities are quicker to fix the higher-rated poor roads on the list.

Rounding out the Top-10 for Niagara Region last year were:
2. Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls
3. Portage Rd, Niagara Falls
4. Garner Rd, Niagara Falls
T-5. Willoughby Dr, Niagara Falls
T-5. Broderick Ave, Thorold
T-5. Drummond Rd, Niagara Falls
8. Saint David’s Rd, Thorold
T-9. Mewburn Rd, Niagara Falls
T-9. Concession 6 Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake

CAA’s research also indicates that over half of CAA members (59 per cent) say Ontario’s roads have worsened. Drivers often alter their driving behaviour to accommodate road issues. Many of them – two-thirds (66 per cent) of Ontarians – are slowing down for bad spots on the road or swerving to avoid potholes.

To cast your vote for Niagara Region’s worst roads, check HERE.


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