Pothole patrol: These Toronto roads rank among Ontario’s worst

In news that will probably come as no surprise to drivers across Toronto, four of our city’s fair streets have made CAA’s annual list of worst roads in Ontario for 2023, with one even clinching the second spot.

For the second year in a row, Barton Street East in Hamilton took the top spot, followed by Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue West, while Road 49 in Prince Edward County landed in third place.

Amongst the Toronto offenders, Finch Avenue West ranked fifth, Steeles Avenue East landed in seventh position and Lake Shore Boulevard East placed ninth.

This year marks 20 years since the automotive club began to raise awareness about poor road conditions. The campaign lets Ontario residents vote for streets they feel are in need of repairs.

“Our research tells us that 85 per cent of Ontarians are concerned about the state of our roads,” said Teresa Di Felice, the vice-president of government and community relations at CAA South Central Ontario in a statement.

“Due to inflation, consumers are being more mindful of their purchases, and people are opting to hold on to their cars for longer instead of buying a new one. Funding for roadway improvements and proper infrastructure needs to be consistent to ensure that quality and safety are maintained.”

Di Felice told CP24 that over the last 20 years, CAA has had success in helping to improve streets in the province.

“We have also worked with senior levels of government at CAA to get dedicated funding for municipalities who have limited budget resources,” she said.

Top 10 CAA Worst Roads in Ontario:

1. Barton Street East, Hamilton

2.  Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto

3.  County Road 49, Prince Edward County

4.  Carling Avenue, Ottawa

5.  Finch Avenue West, Toronto

6.  Laclie Street, Orillia

7.  Steeles Avenue East, Toronto

8.  Aberdeen Avenue, Hamilton

9.  Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto

10.  Hurontario Street, Mississauga 

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