Carling Ave. on Top 10 worst roads list – again

Carling Ave. continues to draw expletives from drivers, placing 7th on the CAA’s Top 10 worst roads in Ontario list for 2014.

“We had a record number of votes cast this year, and while other roads in the north and east Ontario region were trending in the Top 10 throughout the campaign, Carling Ave. still came out as the leader above the rest,” said CAA North & East Ontario president and CEO Christina Hlusko.

“That sends a clear message that this road continues to be a headache for drivers across Ottawa.”

St. Patrick St. and Baseline Rd. were notable repeats during the campaign, but didn’t garner enough votes to make the Top 10, said spokeswoman Amy Orfanakos.

Seven of Toronto’s roadways made the cut, with Dufferin St. netting first place.

Carling — which runs roughly 20 km — has been a regular on the list, despite repair.

Of the roads on this year’s list, 90% of voters complained about crumbling pavement and potholes as the main reasons for their selection.

Following its assessment of the strip, the Ontario Road Builders’ Association reiterated concerns raised by voters, stating, “much of the conditions on this road are either the same or have deteriorated over the past year.”

Overall, this year’s campaign saw a 31% increase in entries.

Twitter: @kellyroche6

Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads for 2014

1. Dufferin St. (Toronto)
2. Stanley Ave. (Niagara Falls)
3. Kipling Ave. (Toronto)
4. Finch Ave. W. (Toronto)
5. Burlington St. E. (Hamilton)
6. Bayview Ave. (Toronto)
7. Carling Ave (Ottawa)
8. Markham Rd. (Toronto)
9. Lawrence Ave. E. (Toronto)
10. Wilson Ave. (Toronto)
Calling Out Carling Ave.

Here’s how our top road has fared on the annual list:

2014: 7th
2013: 9th
2012: 7th
2009: 7th
2008: 10th
2005: 2nd
Source: CAA NEO—again

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