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CAA asks people to choose worst road

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WITH spring pothole season in full swing, CAA Manitoba is once again asking folks to pick the worst road in the province.

On Wednesday, CAA launched its second-annual Worst Roads contest. The online voting campaign is designed to draw attention to Manitoba's most derelict and unsafe roads, CAA said in a press release.

"Last year, St. James Street was voted Worst Road in Manitoba," CAA president and CEO Mike Mager said in the release.

Since the last campaign, the City of Winnipeg has announced plans to redevelop the road, he said.

"But it's not just crumbling curbs and ankle-deep potholes that we want people to vote on," said Mager. "We also want to hear what people think about the roads with extreme traffic congestion, missing signage or generally unsafe conditions. Anything that disrupts your commute to and from work, whether it be by car, bus, bike or foot, we want to hear (about)."

Last year, nearly 3,500 votes were cast for more than 400 roads around the province. St. James Street received the most votes, followed by Highway 21 in southwestern Manitoba and Marion Street in Winnipeg.

Manitobans can vote for their worst road at www.caamanitoba.com until April 24. There are weekly prize draws for $50 in gas. The grand-prize draw is for a $500 car-care package, including free gas, deluxe car washes and an oil change.

CAA Manitoba isn't alone in the search for the worst roads. There are seven CAA clubs across Canada running similar campaigns this spring.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 28, 2013 A2

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