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Contest highlights the worst roads in Manitoba

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If there’s a road in Manitoba that makes you grumble, gripe and shout, CAA Manitoba wants to hear all about it.


The organization is launching its second annual Worst Roads campaign which will point out the need for federal infrastructure funding to make repairs.


Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Doug Dobrowolski said crumbling streets and highways across the province are a major concern for municipalities. And without new funding, Manitoba’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure will continue to deteriorate.


A councillor for the RM of Macdonald, Dobrowolski said the municipality assesses road conditions and decides how to best spend the money they have available.


"You have to set a priority on what roads you’re going to fix," he said. "You want to get the biggest bang for your buck."


He’s hopeful the upcoming federal budget will contain new money for municipal roads, bridges and water and sewer services.


CAA Manitoba’s public and government affairs manager Liz Peters said the Worst Roads campaign begins on March 27 and runs until April 24, with online voting at caamanitoba.com/worstroads. Participants are able to select specific sections of a roadway to identify as being in poor condition.


Peters said there were 3,454 votes cast in last year’s campaign, with about 60% coming from urban residents and 40% from rural. The major complaint was potholes, followed by improper signage and traffic congestion.


"It was interesting that there were two highways on the top 10 list – Highways 21 and 10 south of Brandon."


She added that CAA Manitoba began the campaign as an awareness tool. Voting results are provided to the municipal governments in charge of the roads named in the campaign.

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