Saskatchewan highway named worst of the worst

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YORKTON, Sask. — Hwy. 47 running between Yorkton, Sask. and the U.S. border has won this year’s Highway from Hell contest, earning it the dubious distinction as this country’s worst road.

The Highway from Hell contest, organized by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), examined about 100 highways across the country in determining a winner. Three other Saskatchewan highways also received "dishonourable mentions."

"By far Saskatchewan was pitifully over-represented,” David MacLean, the federation’s Saskatchewan director, told local media. `"We had about 100 nominees nationwide and Saskatchewan had nearly a dozen of those.”

In a news release, the CTF said Hwy. 47 "stretches the limits on the definition of the word `highway’ with its rapid transitions from mangled, pot-holed pavement to deep gravel."

Bruce Hildebrand of Grenfell, Sask. has won a free wheel alignment for nominating the winning highway, but he’d rather just see the road fixed.

"It’s atrocious,” Hildebrand, told local media. "The reason I’m so concerned about it is it’s our main access from the United States. We hear complaints all the time in our community from people travelling up the road and how dangerous it is, especially with large motorhomes and trailers.”

Also receiving a dishonourable mention was the Trans-Canada Highway, which received nominations for several stretches throughout the country. Also on the list of worst highways were Hwy. 8 north of Gimli, Man., Hwy. 108 in New Brunswick, Hwy. 198 in Quebec, Hwy. 3 in the Northwest Territories and Hwy. 97 in B.C.

The primary goal of the CTF in holding the contest is to raise awareness about the federal and provincial government’s mismanagement of the $13 billion in fuel taxes taken in annually. Less than four per cent of that is reinvested in highways, the federation says.

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