Hamilton’s Burlington St. E named province’s worst road


Hamilton’s Burlington St. E has been voted the worst road in the province for the second consecutive year – but the city says it won’t happen again next year.

The street made its first appearance on the CAA’s worst roads list in 2009 and has risen higher on the list since.

“It’s clear from the results of this year’s CAA Worst Roads campaign, that there are several roads that continue to be an issue for the public despite appearing on the list many times,” said Raymond Chan, government relations specialist, CAA South Central Ontario.

Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla says Burlington St. E is scheduled for major repairs this year.

Construction will start this season and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“There will be some chaos related to it,” said Merulla, noting that there will be lane closures and travel delays related to construction.

“A little bit of inconvenience for a long-term gain.”

Over 3,500 roads from across the province were nominated this year – the highest number since the campaign’s inception.

Drivers accounted for more than 75 per cent of the votes cast, cyclists and pedestrians made up 9 per cent each.

Most people cited potholes as the reason for their choice.

Potholes have been a constant issue on Burlington St. E, especially this winter.


Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads

  1. Burlington St. E (Hamilton)
  2. County Road 49 (Prince Edward County)
  3. Duckworth St. (Barrie)
  4. Avondale Rd. (Belleville)
  5. Eglinton Ave. W (Toronto)
  6. Drummond Rd. (Niagara Falls)
  7. Dufferin St. (Toronto)
  8. McLeod Rd. (Niagara Falls)
  9. Pelham Rd. (St. Catharines)
  10. Lockhart Rd. (Innisfil)