Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent Voted Worst Road In The South West

Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent has been voted the worst road in Ontario's South West region.

That's according to the 15th annual CAA Worst Road list.

Government relations specialist, CAA South Central Ontario, Raymond Chan points to a lack of safety barriers along the 401 in Chatham-Kent as the reason people voted it the worst in this region. "There was a bit of a push and a campaign amongst the local community to ensure that was number-one on the regional list," says Chan.

The section of the 401 running through Chatham-Kent has been the scene of several serious crashes involving transport trucks in recent years, prompting a call for safety improvements.

"We usually see just local and municipal roads on the list," says Chan."It's kind of unique that we do have, now, a major provincial highway that appears on the list. Certainly any road that people use on a daily basis can be considered a bad road."

Rounding out the top five in the South West are Seminole St. in Windsor, Plank Rd. in Sarnia, Huron Church Rd. in Windsor and Tecumseh Rd. E. in Windsor.

Crumbling pavement and potholes were listed as the reason for those roads making the list.

This is the fourth year in a row Tecumseh Rd. E. was voted to the list and the second year in a row for Seminole St.

For the second year in a row, Burlington St. E. in Hamilton was voted the worst road in Ontario.

In a release, the CAA says over 3,500 roads were nominated from across the province this year, the highest number since the campaign's inception. Drivers accounted for over three-quarters of the votes cast, while roughly 9% of votes were from cyclists and a further 9% were from pedestrians.

In terms of the primary reason for selecting their road: 75% cited potholes, 14% highlighted limited or no cycling infrastructure, and 10% chose congestion as their primary issue.