Ambassador Bridge listed as worst road in Windsor: CAA survey

Melanie Borrelli, CTV Windsor
Published Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:05PM EDT

The Ambassador Bridge earned the top spot as the worst road in Windsor, according to a province-wide report by CAA.

The bridge road ranked 37th on Ontario’s Worst Roads of 2013, based on votes submitted to the auto club.

John Ennis, government relations for CAA South Central Ontario, says there is an unusual twist to Windsor’s top-voted spot.

“The interesting thing is that the Ambassador Bridge is a border crossing, not a municipally or provincially owned road,” says Ennis.

CAA usually provides the information to Queen’s Park and municipal officials. In Windsor’s case, Ennis says they will likely contact the Ambassador Bridge Company with the statistics.

He says they received quite a few votes for Windsor, although he didn’t have the specific number.

The other bad areas in Windsor were Riverside Drive, which came in at 45th worst in the province and Walker Road, which was 46th.

The last time Windsor had a road on the official top 10 list was in 2008, and it was Tecumseh Road.

“It’s been about five years since Windsor has appeared on the list, so I guess that’s a good sign,” says Ennis.

For two years in a row, Dufferin Street in Toronto has been voted the worst road in Ontario. Over the years, Dufferin Street has made list seven times, not far behind Steeles Avenue which previously earned eight spots on the list.

Half of the roads on the top 10 list this year are from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Over month-long campaign, CAA received over 10,000 votes from across the province, says Ennis. Of the roads in the top 10, 90 per cent of the voters complained about crumbling pavement and pothole-ridden streets as the reasons for selecting the roads.