Drummond Road: Niagara’s worst road & Ontario’s sixth worst

THOROLD, ON (June 4, 2018) – Drummond Road in Niagara Falls, for the very first time, has earned the title of Niagara’s Worst Road, according to voters in CAA’s 15th Worst Roads Campaign. The road has also landed on the Ontario’s Worst Road list, as the sixth worst road in the province.

Niagara voting in the four-week campaign rose more than 50 per cent over last year. Ninety-four per cent of Niagara voters reported “potholes and crumbling pavement” as the reason for selecting a road. There was also a 10 per cent rise in votes from cyclists and pedestrians citing lack of sidewalk and cycling infrastructure.

“We believe our imaginative series of lighthearted social media videos helped stimulate the rise in voter engagement,” said CAA Niagara’s Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, Rick Mauro. “We had some fun focusing on a serious matter and that seemed to work.”

“We also saw a significant change in the mix and makeup of voters this year with more voters identifying themselves as cyclists and pedestrians. This campaign isn’t just for motorists, it’s about giving everyone in the community a voice. I hope to see these votes increase next year.”

New to Niagara’s top ten list are Sider Road in Fort Erie, Brunswick Avenue in Crystal Beach and Merritt Street in St. Catharines.

Last year, Queenston Street in St. Catharines topped the Niagara charts and was the fifth worst road in Ontario. After a major overhaul in 2017, Queenston Street is no where to be seen on the lists.

Niagara’s Top 10 Worst Roads for 2018 are:

  1. Drummond Road, Niagara Falls
  2. McLeod Road, Niagara Falls
  3. Pelham Road, St. Catharines
  4. Sider Road, Fort Erie
  5. Ontario Street, St. Catharines
  6. Saint David’s Road, Thorold
  7. Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls
  8. Dominion Road, Fort Erie
  9. Brunswick Avenue, Crystal Beach
  10. Merritt Street, St. Catharines

Ontario’s Top Ten Worst Roads for 2018 are:

  1. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  2. County Road 49, Prince Edward
  3. Duckworth Street, Barrie
  4. Avondale Road, Belleville
  5. Eglington Avenue West, Toronto
  6. Drummond Road, Niagara Falls
  7. Dufferin Street, Toronto
  8. McLeod Road, Niagara Falls
  9. Pelham Road, St. Catharines
  10. Lockhart Road, Innisfil

CAA in its ongoing advocacy efforts will present the 2018 Worst Roads results to local and provincial government officials. CAA will also continue its call for a dedicated, predictable and permanent gasoline-tax fund for Ontario’s roads, highways and bridges.

Contact: media@caaniagara.ca