Which is Prince Edward Island's worst road?

Islanders encouraged to nominate the province's roughest roadways for CAA campaign

Emma Childs comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on April 3, 2014

As the weather gets warmer and there is more rain then snow along with some freezing and thawing the dreaded potholes are making an appearance such as this one on Upper Queen Street in Charlottetown.

©Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) of Atlantic Canada is looking for the worst road in the region.

The CAA's Top 10 Worst Roads list aims to draw provincial attention to the streets that motorists say are in most need repair.

The CAA will tally the results and publish the list after the voting period comes to a close on April 25.

In 2013, no P.E.I. roads broke the top 10 list, which was mainly comprised of roads from Nova Scotia. Cape John Road in River John, N.S. took the top slot and has since received maintenance under a municipal rural infrastructure fund.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal suggests this is the time of year that Prince Edward Island roads could be at their worst.

“Roads are more vulnerable to damage from heavy vehicles in late winter and early spring,” the department stated in an advisory for heavy vehicles published in February. “Water from melted ice and snow seeps into cracks in the thawing pavement and into the gravel underneath — then it re-freezes and expands, breaking the pavement and causing potholes.”

The department plans to refurbish 18 roads in the coming construction season.

As it stands just a week into the competition, P.E.I. is the only Maritime province without a nomination in the top 10.

Residents can make nominations online at www.atlantic.caa.ca/worstroads