CAA Reveals Worst Roads in Ontario

OTTAWA – Following an assessment of all the road nominations submitted for its annual Worst Roads campaign, CAA North & East Ontario (CAA NEO) is announcing what the Top 10 Worst Roads in Ontario are. At the top of the list is County Road 49 in Prince Edward County, which marks the first time that the road has appeared on CAA’s provincial Top 10 list.

Six of the roads on the 2016 list are from the Northern Ontario region, with three of them being from Timmins. In total, more than 2,500 different roads were nominated across the province. For the first time in the campaign’s history, roads in the City of Toronto were bumped out of the Top 5 and no roads from Ottawa made it to the Top 10.

“What the results of this year’s Worst Roads campaign tell us is that more attention needs to be paid to the smaller municipalities,” says Christina Hlusko, president and CEO of CAA NEO“The majority of the roads that made it to the Top 10 list are major roadways that connect smaller communities together and as such they are vital for the areas that they link.” 

Of the roads on this year’s Top 10 list, participants said that potholes and congestion were the main reasons why they voted. Other factors that voters cited included pedestrian and cycling safety.

Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads for 2016:

1. County Road 49, Prince Edward County

2. Algonquin Blvd. W., Timmins

3. Balmoral St., Thunder Bay

4. Algonquin Blvd. E., Timmins

5. Queenston St., St. Catharines

6. Burlington St. E., Hamilton

7. Lorne St., Sudbury

8. Bayview Ave, Toronto

9. Dufferin St., Toronto

10. Riverside Dr., Timmins and Water St., Thunder Bay (tied for 10th)

CAA has also compiled a list of the worst roads in seven regions across Ontario.

#1 Worst Road by Region:

North Region — Algonquin Blvd. W., Timmins

Halton-Peel-York-Durham — Cedar St. N., Uxbridge

Niagara Region — Queenston St., St. Catharines

Eastern Region — County Road 49, Prince Edward County

Central Region — St. Johns Rd, Innisfil

Western Region — Franklin Blvd., Cambridge

South West Region — Waterworks Rd., Sarnia

For a full Top 5 list of the worst roads in a region, including lists for Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa, visit

All the roads on the Top 10 list have been verified by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

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