Four Toronto streets crack CAA’s top 10 worst roads in Ontario

A major Hamilton road topping the list of "worst roads' in Ontario.. but Toronto nabbing 4 spots in the top 10. The lists are voted on by residents every year.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) released the results of their annual ‘Worst Roads’ campaign on Tuesday.

A Hamilton road has been named the worst in the province but four Toronto streets cracked this year’s top 10.

Ontario’s top 10 worst roads for 2022

  1. Barton Street East, Hamilton
  2. Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto
  3. Barker Street, Prince Edward County
  4. County Road 49, Prince Edward County
  5. Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  6. Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
  7. Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto
  8. Finch Avenue West, Toronto
  9. Bronson Avenue, Ottawa
  10. Queen Street, Kingston

The four Toronto roads in the top 10 double the amount the city saw in last year’s campaign. Eglinton Avenue East claimed the top spot in 2019 and both Eglinton East and West cracked the top 10 in 2021 after the campaign took a pandemic year off in 2020.

Eglinton Avenue has been plagued by construction for nearly a decade due to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. The main section of the LRT is set to be completed by the end of 2022.

“There are different reasons why we see different roads voted on and making it to the top 10,” says Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice president at CAA. “When it comes to Eglinton Avenue West and East, we know there are issues and challenges related to one of the biggest transit infrastructure projects in the country.”

The number one spot in 2021, Victoria Road in Prince Edward County, completely dropped off the list this year and Di Felice says it is a testament to the impact the campaign can have.

“These campaign success stories are because governments are prioritizing infrastructure through multi-year capital investments,” she says.

“The results this year show us that Ontarians are relentless in using the campaign to advocate for roads they believe are in urgent need of repair, which is why we have seen Barton Street bubble up to the top spot and roads like Eglinton Avenue continue to garner attention.”

Di Felice told CityNews in April that said past campaigns resulted in parts of Dufferin Street in Toronto moved up and fixed sooner than scheduled.

Barton Street East in Hamilton previously cracked the top 10 in 2019 and 2021 before claiming top spot this year.

The full list of the 2022 ‘Worst Roads’ can be found here.

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