Atlantic Canada votes on its worst roads in 2021
|driving.ca 10 Jun 2021 at 13:37|
For very nearly ten years, the crew at CAA Atlantic have been surveying residents in that neck of the woods about the worst roads down East. This year, the island portion of Canada’s most easterly province is well represented and actually makes up the majority of this list’s top five.
Fresh off the vote, here are the roads which comprise this year’s collection of crumbling infrastructure:
*The Newfoundland and Labrador 410 runs from Sheppardville to Fleur de Lys.
**The Newfoundland and Labrador 414 runs from Baie Verte to La Scie.
Hailing from the island, your author can vouch for the knackered state of some of the roads atop the roster for 2021. While most of those particular routes are actually two-lane highways leading to communities that dot the coast of Newfoundland island, there are a few others on the list whose inclusion needs little explanation. The simple title of ‘Bog Road’ should warrant its inclusion based on the name alone.
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CAA Atlantic claims they’ve used results of their Worst Roads list to urge governments to make road improvements where Atlantic Canadians feel they are most needed. As we discovered in 2019 , local lawmakers do take the list seriously; fresh pavement and repair crews were in abundance at the locations we visited. It’s worth noting the CAA permits factors other than rough surfaces to be considered when nominating a road for this list – confusing signage, unsafe bike lanes, and ill-thought designs that cause bottlenecks can also cause a road to be a contender.
Past research has indicated that poor road maintenance costs Canadians upwards of $1 billion every year in repairs. If accurate, that means over a million cars per annum require at least $750 worth of repairs thanks the scourge of potholes and shonky bridge expansion joints. Given the price of tires and suspension bits, this is not a wholly unreasonable claim.