Following an assessment of all the road nominations submitted for its annual Worst Roads campaign, CAA North & East Ontario (CAA NEO) is announcing what the Top 10 Worst Roads in Ontario are. At the top of the list is County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, which marks the first time that the road has appeared on CAA’s provincial Top 10 list.

Six of the roads on the 2016 list are from the Northern Ontario region, with three of them being from Timmins. In total, more than 2 500 different roads were nominated across the province. For the first time in the campaign’s history, roads in the City of Toronto were bumped out of the Top 5 and no roads from Ottawa made it to the Top 10.

Of the roads on this year’s Top 10 list, participants said that potholes and congestion were the main reasons why they voted. Other factors that voters cited included pedestrian and cycling safety.

Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads of 2016

Ranking

Road Name

Municipality

1

County Road 49

Prince Edward County

2

Algonquin Blvd. W

Timmins

3

Balmoral St.

Thunder Bay

4

Algonquin Blvd. E

Timmins

5

Queenston St.

St. Catharines

6

Burlington St. E.

Hamilton

7

Lorne St.

Sudbury

8

Bayview Ave

Toronto

9

Dufferin St.

Toronto

10

Riverside Dr., Water St.

Timmins, Thunder Bay (tied for 10th)

CAA NEO has also compiled a list of the worst roads in seven regions across Ontario.

#1 Worst Road by Region

North Region – Algonquin Blvd. W., Timmins
Halton-Peel-York-Durham – Cedar St. N., Uxbridge
Niagara Region – Queenston St., St. Catharines
Eastern Region – County Road 49, Prince Edward County
Central Region – St. Johns Rd, Innisfil
Western Region – Franklin Blvd., Cambridge
South West Region – Waterworks Rd., Sarnia

For a full Top 5 list of the worst roads in a region, including lists for Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa, visit www.caaworstroads.com.

All the roads on the Top 10 list have been verified by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

 

Want to Report a Pot Hole?

Reporting potholes is important because they can be a major road hazard.

For potholes located on local or regional roads, you will need to contact the municipality responsible for that road. For potholes located on provincial highways, you will need to contact the Ministry District Office for the Province of Ontario.

How to contact a municipality

Most municipalities in Ontario have 311 programs in order to contact municipal service. You can dial 311 to report a pothole if the service is offered in your municipality. If 311 is not available, contact the main switchboard at the municipal offices and you will then be routed to the appropriate department.

How to contact the Province of Ontario

Potholes and other highway maintenance issues can be reported by contacting the Ministry of Transportation District Office in your region of the province. Please call 1-800-268-4MTO (4686) to be connected with the regional office in your area.

Driving Tips to Avoid Potholes

Here a few tips to help keep your money in your pocket and your car damage free during pothole season.
  • Check your tire pressure regularly. Keeping a consistent tire pressure can go a long way towards minimizing pothole damage to your wheels and tires.
  • Be extra cautious on wet rainy days, as there may be potholes hiding under those puddles.
  • Stay off the edges and center of the road, which are key spots for potholes to develop.
  • Don't swerve to avoid a pothole. Swerving can result in the front wheel of your vehicle hitting the pothole at an angle, causing more damage than if it is hit head-on.
  • Avoid sudden braking when you are approaching a pothole. Braking transfers the car’s weight to the front tires, thereby increasing the possibility of damage. Go Slow!
  • If your tire does lose air after an unfortunate pothole encounter, when it is safe to do so pull over to the side of the road in order to minimize the chance of wheel damage. Always keep a properly maintained spare tire in your vehicle, and have your CAA Membership card handy in case you require roadside assistance.