It’s still a bumpy ride in Sudbury

TORONTO — There’s more than a couple roads in Sudbury and the surrounding region that’ll shake up both a trucker’s lower back and his equipment’s undercarriage, according to the 2007 Ontario’s Top 20 Worst Municipal Roads survey, released this week by the Canadian Automobile Association.

This year’s worst road, according to a survey of 6,500 voters, is Vermillion Lake Rd. in the City of Greater Sudbury. The city’s Lansing Ave. finished third place; Bancroft Dr. was the eighth worst road; and Notre Dame Ave. rounded up the top 10.

Every year the CAA lists Ontario’s worst roads. And each
year, Toronto, Sudbury, and Ottawa don’t do very well.

Cardwell St. — a strip located on Manitoulin Island in the Township of Assiginack — improved to fourth place after receiving the dishonorable title of Worst Road of 2006.

This year, London’s Bradley Ave. was the second worst road, while north Toronto’s Steeles Ave. — making its traditional appearance on the list — finished fifth.

“Commuters are tired of driving on roads they deem unsafe, and they’ve had enough of paying for expensive vehicle damages caused by bad roads,” said Kris Barnier, provincial affairs specialist, CAA Ontario.

Drivers sent close to 2,500 electronic postcards to Premier Dalton McGuinty, John Tory, Howard Hampton and their mayors letting them know that municipal road funding must be a priority, said CAA.

Some other decrepit roads finishing in the top 20 include:

Limebank Road, Ottawa (6); Princess Street, Kingston (7); Carling Avenue, Ottawa, (11); Maclean Drive, Timmins (13); Garth Street, Hamilton (16); Onion Lake Road, Thunder Bay (19).

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