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CAA unveils Manitoba’s worst roads

By Adam Freill   

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After climbing the list for three years, 18th Street in Brandon is finally named the worst road in the province.

Featuring potholes and crumbling pavement, 18th Street in Brandon, Man., was named as the 2024 CAA Worst Road in Manitoba. (CNW Group/CAA Manitoba)

The nominations have been tallied: The 2024 CAA Worst Road in Manitoba is 18th Street in Brandon. The roadway’s issues with potholes and severe alligator cracking in the pavement were cited as reasons for the dubious distinction.

The road first appeared on the top 10 list in 2022 and has steadily climbed its way to the top, reports CAA Manitoba. The second and third place roads on the top 10 list are also repeat offenders. Leila Avenue in Winnipeg and Provincial Road 307 in Whiteshell rounded out the roughest roadways.

According to voter insights, Leila Avenue’s unavoidable potholes have damaged many vehicles, costing local drivers thousands of dollars in repairs. Voters also expressed concern over Provincial Road 307 regarding poor pedestrian infrastructure and road maintenance.

“The 2024 CAA Worst Roads campaign provides a valuable snapshot of the roads that the public perceives as pain points,” stated Ewald Friesen, manager of government and community relations for CAA Manitoba. “For 13 years, this campaign has served as a powerful advocacy tool, initiating dialogue with decision-makers and driving positive change for safer roads across the province.”

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CAA’s most recent survey data shows that while 78 per cent of Manitobans do not appreciate road maintenance efforts, 88 per cent are willing to put up with the inconvenience of construction if it means they get a good road at the end of the repairs.

“Manitobans’ frustration about the state of our roads is clear,” said Friesen. “We know they voice their concerns to neighbours, friends or mechanics. This campaign helps bring awareness to decision-makers, providing valuable insights on our preferences for how to prioritize road repair and maintenance.”

Half of the roads on the province’s top 10 list, which includes 12 roads due to ties, are debutants this year. These include Highway 26, Pandora Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Grant Avenue and Munroe Avenue.

“Municipalities are responsible for thousands of kilometres of roads across the province. Roads, sidewalks, and bike paths are only some of the things that municipal governments fund with limited revenue sources,” added Friesen. “It’s important for communities to share their view on what and where investments should be made. CAA Worst Roads is a forum to do that.”

 

Manitoba’s Top 10 Worst Roads for 2024

 

  1. 18th Street, Brandon
  2. Leila Avenue, Winnipeg
  3. Provincial Road 307, Whiteshell
  4. Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg
  5. Provincial Highway 26, Saint François Xavier
  6. Empress Street, Winnipeg
  7. Pandora Avenue, Winnipeg
  8. Saskatchewan Avenue, Winnipeg
  9. Grant Avenue and Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg
  10. Inkster Boulevard, Winnipeg and Richmond Avenue, Brandon

 

www.caamanitoba.com

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