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Bragging rights for Ontarios worst roads

TORONTO, Ont. -- This years Worst Municipal Roads Campaign is giving fed up motorists an opportunity to voice thei...

TORONTO, Ont. — This years Worst Municipal Roads Campaign is giving fed up motorists an opportunity to voice their concern over the state of the provinces most dire thoroughfares.

Commuters can make their voices heard by visiting select CAA stores, approved repair facilities or by logging onto

Voters can have their say by casting a ballot for a worst road in their community or by answering an online poll question. Through the Web site, voters can also send an electronic postcard to their mayor and/or the party leaders of their choice, which says they want their provincial gas taxes spent fixing their local roads and bridges.

Ontario motorists pay more than $4 billion in provincial gas taxes and licencing and registration fees each year and they want more of that money spent fixing their roads and bridges, said Kris Barnier, provincial affairs specialist with CAA Ontario. The problem is that senior levels of government collect all the gas tax revenues while municipal governments are being asked to fix the overwhelming majority of our roads.

In the long-term, CAA and the Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA) believe all three levels of government need to come together to strike one gas tax sharing agreement that will address the transportation needs of all Ontario municipalities.

CAA and ORBA will be taking their message across Ontario during its six-week campaign, visiting more than 40 communities across the province. Balloting opens on Aug. 20 and will conclude on Sept. 28, with results being announced during the first week of October.

Municipal governments have taken action, or have committed to take action to fix 95% of the roads named to the Worst Roads campaign since 2003.

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