Worst roads in Mississauga, Brampton to be named by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians


Published March 28, 2023 at 9:09 am

You won’t find one of the 10 worst roads in Ontario last year in Mississauga or Brampton, but that could change this year as the CAA launches its 20th annual Worst Roads campaign.

And, it doesn’t mean Mississauga doesn’t have some work to do. While it didn’t crack 2022’s top 10 Ontario-wide list, it did have a contender.

In last year’s installment of the CAA’s Worst Roads, the Mississauga part of Hurontario St. was voted worst road in the CAA region that also includes Brampton in addition to Durham, York and Halton regions.

Today (March 28), the CAA kicked off its 20th Worst Roads advocacy campaign through which it attempts to give decision-makers in municipalities across Ontario a snapshot of the roads the public perceives as not meeting their expectations.

Over the next several weeks, people can visit the CAA website to register their vote for roads, streets and boulevards that are filled with cracks and potholes or present other issues including traffic congestion and unsafe bicycle lanes.

Voting closes April 21.

“Tired of swerving around potholes? Worried about your safety as a cyclist or pedestrian?” CAA officials said in a press release.

Then CAA wants to hear from drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and others who have complaints about the roads on which they travel.

CAA officials say once voting is closed, the agency will partner with the Ontario Road Builders’ Association to verify and compile a list of the top 10 worst roads in Ontario, as well as top five worst roads regionally.

“The regional lists will help shine further light on the state of local roads in municipalities across Ontario,” officials said earlier.

Last year’s province-wide list of the 10 worst roads was topped by Barton St. E. in Hamilton. Roads in Toronto (four), Ottawa (two), Prince Edward County (two) and Kingston rounded out the list.

“Our research tells us that 85 per cent of Ontarians are concerned about the state of our roads,” said Teresa Di Felice, CAA assistant vice-president of government and community relations, in a March 28 news release. “Due to inflation, consumers are being more mindful of their purchases, and people are opting to hold on to their cars for longer instead of buying a new one. Funding for roadway improvements and proper infrastructure needs to be consistent to ensure that quality and safety are maintained.”

CAA 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 (66 per cent) are slowing down for bad spots on the road or swerving to avoid potholes,” officials add.

Pothole damage to a vehicle can cost from $300 to $6,000, depending on the car model, CAA officials said.


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