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Three Newfoundland roads make worst in Atlantic Canada: survey

A car splashes through a pothole on Kings Road, approaching the lights at Kenwood Drive going into Sydney, on March 13. The potholes have been refilled multiple times since November by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Coincidently, the most recent refilling was on the night of March 13.
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Markland Road in Colinet is third among the Top 10 worst roads in Atlantic Canada. That’s one placement further up the list than its final in last year’s 10 worst roads. 

The yearly survey has Atlantic Canadians vying for top spot in the region for the gnarliest road. This year, besides Markland Road, two other Newfoundland roads made the list: Indian Meal Line, in Torbay and Witless Bay Line in Trepassey.

Here’s this year’s list.

The 10 Worst Roads in Atlantic Canada for 2019 as voted by the public are:

  1. Tripp Settlement Road, Keswick Ridge, N.B
  2. Waterford Road, Waterford, N.B.
  3. Markland Road, Colinet, N.L.
  4. Indian Meal Line, Torbay, N.L.
  5. New Brunswick 905, Petitcodiac, N.B
  6. Meadowville Station Road, Pictou, N.S.
  7. Witless Bay Line, Trepassey, N.L.
  8. New Brunswick 480*, N.B.
  9. South Uniacke Road, Mount Uniacke, N.S.
  10. Pine Glen Road, Pine Glen, N.B.

More than 7,000 votes were cast over the three-week campaign this year, and every road in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador was eligible. Votes came from all types of road users, including cyclists, pedestrians, public transit users and motorists.

Road safety is a top priority for CAA Atlantic. Poor road conditions can result in increased vehicle repair costs, insurance claims, work compensation, healthcare costs and wasted time in traffic congestion.

“Every year, our Worst Roads campaign allows the public to identify poor road conditions in their area,” says Gary Howard, Vice President of Communications at CAA Atlantic. “We will now notify government officials of the ten worst roads and hopefully will soon be sharing news on planned repairs and upgrades.”

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