If you had to name the worst street in North Bay for potholes, what would it be? Would you list Lakeshore, O’Brien, John Street or how about McKee near Trout Lake Road? As of Monday, the Canadian Automobile Association, or CAA, is out with its annual Worst Roads in Ontario contest. Each year the organization gives road users the chance to voice what they think are the streets in the worst condition in their community. Christina Hlusko, the president and CEO of the CAA in North and East Ontario, says potholes are on top of people’s minds this time of year. She says they cause traffic congestion because trucks and cars slow down before going over the gaping holes and in some cases they damage your vehicle. Hlusko says in some instances potholes also endanger drivers and pedestrians.
When CAA ran its contest last year, 2,500 roads were deemed the worst from voters in their respective communities. Six roads from Northern Ontario made the list and the number two worst ranked road was deemed Algonquin Boulevard West in Timmins. In addition to bad roads, the CAA also wants people to vote about traffic congestion, poor timing of signal lights and confusing road signs. Voting is open to motor vehicle drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Respondents have until May 4th to cast a vote online at www.CAAWorstRoads.ca