BRANDON -- The people have spoken — strut-rattling Victoria Avenue in Brandon is the worst road in Manitoba.
A total of 5,054 votes were cast in this year's Worst Roads campaign, put on by CAA Manitoba, and Victoria Avenue took 835 of them.
Last year's "winner," St. James Street in Winnipeg, was a distant second, with 480 votes.
"It’s no surprise that Victoria Avenue held on to take the title of worst road," said Liz Peters, public and government affairs manager with CAA Manitoba. "From the start, it was clear Brandonites were on a mission to draw attention to the state of this road. By casting more than 800 votes in our campaign, they did exactly that, and their worst road is now slated for repair this summer."
Finance Minister Stan Struthers said earlier this month that a three-kilometre stretch of Victoria Avenue would get a full repaving this year and next.
In Winnipeg, roads that made the top-10 list were Ness Avenue, King Edward Street, Inkster Boulevard, Pembina Highway and Frasers Grove.
Another southwestern Manitoba road, Highway 10 through Boissevain, also made the list.
Residents there say the highway has been deteriorating for years under heavy truck traffic to and from the United States. Flood forecasts that predict border crossing closures south of Winnipeg could divert thousands more semis to Highway 10 this year.
Of all the top 10 roads on this year's list, CAA says that all but one were voted in because of road conditions.
First Street in Winkler, however, which was the voted third-worst in the province, has more votes because of traffic congestion than anything else. Voters for that provincial road say traffic lights with left turn signals are desperately needed and it should be expanded to four lanes to accommodate the increasing traffic during rush hour.
The full report will be available to download at caamanitoba.com/news by Friday.
"We thank all Manitobans who took part in this awareness campaign," Peters said. "You’ve helped us spotlight some of the worst roads in our province."
— Brandon Sun