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Thursday, April 17, 2014   by: Staff



CAA SCO reinforces calls for dedicated funding from provincial gas tax

This winter will likely be remembered as the worst winter in the last 20 years.

The fluctuating freeze-thaw cycle over the past four months has littered Ontario roads with crater-sized potholes resulting in teeth-rattling rides for road users.

With so many roads across the province in need of dire repairs, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is urging the Ontario government to permanently dedicate a portion of the revenue collected from gas taxes to fixing our roads, bridges and highways.

The call came during CAA’s annual Worst Roads campaign.

A CAA commissioned report by The Conference Board of Canada concluded motorists in Ontario cover between 70 and 90 per cent of the costs of the road network through fees and gas taxes.

In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), road users more than cover the full costs of construction, maintenance and policing.

“The province of Ontario has been collecting a gas tax for decades and CAA has long called for permanent, dedicated funds to help pay for much needed repairs on our deteriorating roads and crumbling bridges,” said Faye Lyons, Government Relations, CAA SCO.

The provincial excise tax currently stands at 14.7 cents on every litre of gas and diesel sold in Ontario which generated approximately $3.1 billion in 2012-2013.

Meanwhile, the Worst Roads campaign is not just about potholes – CAA also wants your feedback on traffic congestion, poor timing of traffic signals, confusing road signs, as well as, pedestrian and cycling safety.

Have your say by voting at before April 25.

Following the four week long campaign, CAA will present the Top 10 Worst Roads in Ontario and our recommendations to local and provincial politicians in an effort to get those roads fixed.

Last year, Great Northern Road, London Street and McMeeken Street received the most votes in Sault Ste. Marie, but did not make the Top 10 list.

As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of more than 1.9 million members.

For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.


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justsomeguy 4/17/2014 10:25:32 AM Report

Worst road in Sault Ste. Marie:

Foster Drive - city council. lol
iamtc 4/17/2014 10:26:13 AM Report

Our streets are good lol
Billabong 4/17/2014 10:38:45 AM Report

Cooper, there's a ski jump in the middle of it
en4cer81 4/17/2014 10:39:26 AM Report

Post you pics here!
cub 4/17/2014 10:41:19 AM Report

How about Peoples Rd both "repairs" by PUC for broken mains or other pipe repair. Require drivers to drive around or nearly stop before crossing>
Nice to see quality work and disregard for vehicle owners. Just a thought bevel the square edge of the asphalt - rocket science
ddfive 4/17/2014 10:43:39 AM Report

d have to say wallice terrice from the under pass to allin side road n then theres bonney street
Mr. Poster 4/17/2014 10:48:24 AM Report


Huron between Albert and Cathcart

|Great Northern..second to third lines

London Street

Lower Pim

Pim Hill itself
Stevie-E 4/17/2014 10:56:40 AM Report

Worst road as a ratio of taxes paid by Sault residents:

Simpson Street

What a clusterf**k

Mike58 4/17/2014 11:00:31 AM Report

The city should be suing the construction and paving companies for the terrible job they have done on our streets. Sure we had a bad winter, but we used to have these winters every year, and our roads didn't fall apart this easy ! Half our roads look like they have a ditch down the center line !!! Shoddy work if you ask me.
Lostclause 4/17/2014 11:04:25 AM Report

Chambers Ave was horrible. They filled in a few but it's still really bad
lucky10 4/17/2014 11:11:19 AM Report

all the roads are bad this winter the frost drove down farther than it has in years and the water lines and roads took the grunt of it . Will be a long time till all the repairs will be done . Personally driving a truck with a plow St Georges Ave heading east from John St had to be the worst . No pot holes but by the third dip in the road my plow was 2 feet over my hood and would slam down so hard i thought the plow would snap the chain . Was like perpetual motion .
Pakadeva 4/17/2014 11:55:54 AM Report

Go vote everyone, it just might get one of our roads done by CAA!
benjicanfreak 4/17/2014 12:06:55 PM Report

Spadina Avenue is literally cracked in half... and part of the street in completed washed away.
I think it definitely takes the cake!
tbbs 4/17/2014 12:09:54 PM Report

So many come to mind imediately....grt nrth rd, mostly from second line intersection to third line.....wallace terrace from allen side rd. to peoples rd.
queen st. pretty much every intersection down town,but worst of all korah rd. the whole road you have to dodge traffic and pot holes...oh and i just remembered st. georges ave. from wellington west to north street...yikes!!
tbbs 4/17/2014 12:12:19 PM Report

okay i thought i was done but i remembered east bellfore....crap, the entire street is cracked and gouged and split on half in places...geeze
Number One Son 4/17/2014 12:35:35 PM Report

Unfortunately none of you will ever get to see it, but Maki Road from Allard Lake to the city limits is at time un-usable to a car. Several times this year I have had to crawl to town in 4-wheel drive slowly with my truck to make it past this area. The per capita ratio might not be there, but it is definitely the worst road in SSM, bar none.
teets 4/17/2014 12:37:08 PM Report

Take your motion sickness pills before you hit Connaught Avenue !
rigrider 4/17/2014 1:01:34 PM Report

Almost every street is in need is some repair because of the way the city cleared our streets this winter or the lack there of .they say they didn't have the money in the budget so wait until the ice has attached to the street and now when they plow it pulls up chunks and the streets are toast now they better hope the repair budget has enough money and we all know how long it takes to get one street fixed so around 2020 they might be caught up WAS IT WORTH it city bored of works
firefly42 4/17/2014 1:06:26 PM Report

Cooper St., Third Ave., Devon Rd., Wallace Terrace, Great Northern Road north of Second Line, and the list goes on....
Number One Son 4/17/2014 1:07:55 PM Report

A lot easier to name the streets that don't need it. Here is my list for that, ....
chichimawn 4/17/2014 1:08:27 PM Report

Mission Rd,in Goulais River from the corner of Hwy 552 West to the Government Dock. It is horrendous I drive a school bus out there! Oh wait Hwy 552 West, it's a highway full of pot holes, and slumping along the road edges and it's been marked up, measured, and studied (at least for 4 years) up the butt to no avail! People that live out here put sticks in the pot/sink holes and attach something visible to mark dangerous spots.
guestwho 4/17/2014 1:09:40 PM Report

That`s not a bad road,that`s your tax dollar at work for a new skateboard park!!nice jumps no.
Brietsy 4/17/2014 1:12:30 PM Report

The bottom of lake street. THere is a pothold that covers an entire lane. busses drive on the wrong side of the street to avoid it.
chichimawn 4/17/2014 1:16:12 PM Report

Actually, Number one Son, you are right, a smaller list would be a goods roads list, all over the province. It's rough everywhere. It's a sad state of affairs when not only the rds in cities are terrible, but most of the rds between cities are just as bad. :\

boul 4/17/2014 1:37:49 PM Report

cooper street by far .even the buses can hardly get up it.
Wisenheimer 4/17/2014 1:39:14 PM Report

Mike58 .. the city sets the standards for road construction. Companies follow the specs.
That the city demands large amounts of slag be used as road fill, instead of natural aggregate, is problematic. Slag turns into powder over time and pressure.
Companies constantly complain about the city's engineering dept. being late with drawings and specs. Read, doing roadwork in November.
Lastly, opting to go with the lowest bids for products and services, is often penny wise and pound foolish.
James O'Brien 4/17/2014 2:34:13 PM Report

Cooper St.
MikeQ 4/17/2014 2:53:31 PM Report


Connaught is brutal! Couldn't agree more. Not sure if it's from those newer houses being built in that little stretch there, but there is a swell in the middle of the road which has to be 2 to 3 feet high, and probably 5 by 5 feet wide.
lowrider 4/17/2014 3:42:53 PM Report

Second ave
guestwho 4/17/2014 4:41:52 PM Report

look at the positive of this,remove all street everywhere and replace with ones that read "smooth area ahead" then we would only need one or two signs!!
happy camper 4/17/2014 6:43:59 PM Report

maki road should not even be opened in the winter as the taxes go to other places then sault ste marie its only suposed to be a seasonal rd yet they want millions of dollers of work done to it
macgyvr 4/17/2014 6:44:06 PM Report

Second line,great northern rd and second line intersection,farwell terr,wallace terr, korah rd,peoples rd,pim st,gore st, queen st west, carmen's way,conmee av,mcnabb st,st. george between north and john st,rossmore rd,bloor st,church st,simpson st,trunk rd between the husky and new highway,wellington st west between john and gore, corner of second line west and peoples rd,london st,tancred st,johnson ave,PINE ST BETWEEN MCNABB AND NORTHERN AVE, northern ave from pine st to grand blv,. I HAVE TO GO OUT AND FIND SOME MORE ON FRIDAY.
macgyvr 4/17/2014 6:49:19 PM Report

I forgot to add rossmore rd, huron st, cathcart from gore to carmen's way,.
Blondie11 4/17/2014 6:53:30 PM Report

You can go 4 wheeling on Laura St! :(
young guy 4/18/2014 12:17:46 AM Report


Grt Northern road, basically from Wellington to third line..

Pine Street, from Mcnabb to Northern Ave.

Um.. Those are the absolute most terrible pot holed streets in the Sault that I have found, personally..
harshbee 4/18/2014 7:37:48 AM Report

i think they should bring in other construction crews from other cities too, and it would open a a string of jobs. they construction would get done faster ,and save alot of time. its bad enough we have a late spring, but detouring is going to be a pain in the you know what ~~~~! just a thought
IB-fine 4/20/2014 1:37:55 PM Report

I read an article from the Edmonton Sun recently and they get it just as bad if not worse than we do all winter long with their extremes in even winter temps. from -5C to -40C on any given day.
What they do to fill in the potholes is:
a) use a large blower with heat to get out all water out of the hole,
b) use a mix of asphalt and recycled rubber mix, which lasts longer and helps the hole flex with the freeze/thaw process
A bit more expensive than the usual cold asphalt into a hole, pounded down and out within the next few days, but at least it lasts!

Roads I think are brutal:
- Queen St. E, before Shannon and to Algoma U. and just before Pine St. - downtown in various spots
- Simpson St.
- Grt. Northern Road from 2nd Line up... isn't that an embarrassment when we have tourists etc. driving on there!
- I had never been on this road until the other day delivering Avon - Cumberland Rd. off 3rd Ave. OMG! one side has such a huge hump your car would be on it's side if you drove it and the rest is almost all potholes some very deep. Never seen any street especially a short one so bad!

Most of the rest have been mentioned but I feel if they added some recycled rubber to the asphalt mix and blew dry the hole first it would save the city from having to re-do the same holes over and over!
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