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Ontario's Worst Roads success stories - part 2.

Raymond Chan February 21, 2020
Cracked roads on a residential street.
As we move into a new decade, we look back on the 2019 CAA Worst Roads campaign to see how Ontario’s road users voted for change on their local streets. The following roads are just a few that were identified as needing repair and rehabilitation. Let’s see how they’re doing today:

Riverdale Drive, Washago.

Despite appearing on the CAA Worst Roads list for the first time in 2019, the poor road condition of Riverdale Drive is not new to residents of Severn. It's been 20 years since the street was last resurfaced. Council recently approved $50,000 of prep work for Riverdale Drive with construction expected in the near future.

Avondale Road, Belleville.

Appearing for the second consecutive year on the provincial top 10 list in 2019, Avondale Road in Belleville is in need of repair. Funding to the tune of $4 million was allocated in 2019 for resurfacing the road, from Dundas Street to Harder Drive. $3.5 million in federal gas tax funding was earmarked for this repair.

College Avenue, Windsor.

The intersection of Campbell Avenue and College Avenue underwent sewer, road and watermain rehabilitation in May 2019. College Avenue between South Street and Brock Street was repaired in November 2019.

Other examples of past successes include:

  • Burlington Street East in Hamilton which had $3.3 million allocated for resurfacing, particularly on the lower part of the street.
  • King Street East in Kitchener has been allocated $5 million by Regional Council to rebuild crumbling sections in 2020 and 2021 as part of a bigger road project from Freeport Bridge to Grand River.
  • Widening and reconstruction efforts along Speers Road in Oakville have started with a plan to create separated on-street bike lanes from Third Line to Fourth Line, with completion expected in 2021.
  • Lockhart Road in Barrie/Innisfil will be reconstructed between 20th Sideroad to 25th Sideroad from 2019 through 2020, including paved shoulders and watermain work.
  • Duckworth Street in Barrie between Melrose Avenue and St. Vincent Street was repaired in July 2019.

Let’s help make Ontario roads better for everyone by participating in the 2020 CAA Worst Roads campaign. You can nominate your road by visiting caaworstroads.com starting on March 26, 2020.