Quebec motorists have decided! After 4 weeks and 14,000 votes cast in CAA-Quebec’s popular campaign to determine the worst roads in the province, Route de Marcil in Port-Daniel–Gascons, has earned “top” honours. An unenviable but well-deserved rank for this road, which heads the Top Ten list, followed by arteries in various cities including Montreal and Lévis, across six of Quebec’s regions.
The second Worst Roads campaign has proved it again this year: the state of the road network is truly a core concern for taxpayers. This is evidenced by the fact that more than 2,100 roads were singled out and nearly three times more votes were cast than in 2015. And although Montreal and Quebec City received their share of votes, more people in the regions than in the urban centres made their needs known, as the 2016 ranking clearly shows.
$500 million invested in 2015, but…
Interestingly, only one road remained in the Top Ten for a second consecutive year: Chemin Kilmar in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. “Although maintenance work was done on a stretch of this road in 2015, it seems that the state of this road is still unsatisfactory,” said Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec’s Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. “We will make sure that participants’ grievances are heard by the authorities concerned so that corrective measures can be taken,” she adds.
As CAA-Quebec reported last, $500 million has been or will be invested on roads that made the 2015 ranking.
Citizens campaigning for safety!
People’s involvement tipped the scales in several areas, notably in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, where drivers identified Montée du Bois-Franc, and in east-end Montreal, where they voted en masse for Gouin Blvd. East, which in addition to being in a lamentable state, does not, in their opinion, allow for the safe co-existence of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“Potholes, asphalt crumbling and falling into the river, a bike path with 97 utility poles sunk right in the middle, no sidewalk in some spots—these are just a few problems that typify this road,” laments Corinne Tastayre, a cyclist and engaged local resident who often travels on the boulevard. “This despite the fact that it’s designated as a heritage and scenic road,” she concludes.
Now that Quebecers have done their part, CAA-Quebec will ensure that this ranking is forwarded to the relevant authorities, and will keep motorists abreast of follow-ups and repairs made. – CNW