Eglinton Avenue East tops CAA’s worst roads list
Motorists detest Eglinton Ave. East.
It has been voted the most horrible road in a city rife with complaints about bumps, holes and congestion, according to the Canadian Automobile Association’s (CAA) list of worst streets for 2019.
“Toronto’s Eglinton Ave. E. is currently undergoing one of the largest transit expansions in North America (construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT), which has significantly impacted road conditions during construction,” says a CAA release.
Taking the second spot was Riverdale Dr., in Washago – north of Orillia – and third place went to Dufferin St., also in Toronto.
In 2018, the title of worst road went to Eglinton Ave. W., and one can again point to the building of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT; that construction is expected to continue until 2021.
“While the condition of Eglinton Ave. is of concern to the public, many of the challenges for all road users will hopefully be resolved with the completion of the Eglinton Crosstown project,” CAA’s Raymond Chan said in a release.
“The gridlock and congestion that many motorists are currently experiencing should ease as construction winds down, repairs to the road are made and as more people choose new transit options.”
Chan added some roads have fallen off the CAA’s annual list.
“Those campaign success stories are because governments are prioritizing infrastructure through multi-year capital investments,” Chan said.
“CAA will continue to advocate for longer-term dedicated infrastructure funding to help municipalities prepare, plan and budget and execute on repairs backlogs and capital projects.”
About three-quarters of the votes for this year’s list of worst roads came from drivers; 12 per cent were from cyclists, and another 12 per cent of votes came from pedestrians. Potholes and congestion were the top complaints.