Burnaby, British Columbia – Drivers in British Columbia are being asked to report the roads most in need of repair or redesign as part of the British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) first-ever “Worst Roads” survey.

The survey runs until May 24, 2011 and is open to all B.C. residents. Nominations can be made at any BCAA location or by visiting Worst Roads.

“Roads and highways that are well-designed and well maintained are critical to our economy, our mobility and our personal safety,” said Trace Acres, BCAA director of corporate communications and public affairs. “BCAA’s ‘Worst Roads’ campaign is a way for British Columbians to voice their concern about a particular stretch of roadway, and to draw some attention to the worst examples of deteriorating or unsafe roads.”

BCAA will post weekly online updates throughout the campaign. Once voting closing, a list of the top twenty “Worst Roads” in the province will be published. BCAA will also share detailed results with municipalities and the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to ensure they are aware of drivers’ concerns and find out how they are planning to improve problem roads and highways.

“It’s important to note that the ‘Worst Roads’ campaign is not intended to be a criticism of the state of B.C.’s roads generally,” Acres said. “We recognize that a great deal of road work is being done throughout the province. This campaign will shine a light on those roads that may have been overlooked, or help municipalities and the province prioritize future road improvements.”

Similar surveys have been conducted by CAA affiliates in other provinces and have shown that strong voices can make a difference. In Ontario, over 90 per cent of the roads identified among the top twenty in previous years have either been fixed or are in the process of repair.

The BCAA survey defines a “worst road” as any piece of paved infrastructure, including bridges or tunnels, that is in need of repair, has damaging potholes, needs resurfacing, is unsafe or is often heavily congested. Roads that are poorly designed or too narrow for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to safely share also qualify.

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