Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue East takes top spot in CAA’s 2019 worst road list

By: Jessica Mach on May 30, 2019

Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue East ranked first on the Canadian Automobile Association’s (CAA) annual list of Ontario’s worst roads, knocking down Hamilton’s Burlington Street East — now in sixth place — from its two-year reign at the top.

Ranking second on CAA’s worst roads list is Riverdale Drive in Washago, while Dufferin Street in Toronto is in third place. The CAA worst roads list is published annually, and is determined by votes from drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Eglinton Avenue East showed up on the list last year (in fifth place), as construction ramped up on the road in what CAA calls “one of the largest transit expansions in North America.” The street is currently being ripped up for Metrolinx’s Crosstown, a light rail line that will add 25 new stations to Toronto’s transit network in 2021.

Voters said that the road’s potholes, traffic congestion, crumbling pavement and poor road signage accounted for its top spot on CAA’s list.

“While the condition of Eglinton Avenue is of concern to the public, many of the challenges for all road users will hopefully be resolved with the completion of the Eglinton Crosstown project,” said Raymond Chan, government relations, CAA South Central Ontario, in a statement.

“The gridlock and congestion that many motorists are currently experiencing should ease as construction winds down, repairs to the road are made and as more people choose new transit options.”

Other Ontario roads that made the cut once again are County Road 49 in Prince Edward and Avondale Road in Belleville. New additions include Toronto’s Bathurst Street and Sheppard Avenue East.

Meanwhile, Duckworth Street in Barrie dropped off the top 10 list altogether.

“Those campaign success stories are because governments are prioritizing infrastructure through multi-year capital investments,” said Chan.

CAA’s full list, below.

1. Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
2. Riverdale Drive, Washago
3. Dufferin Street, Toronto
4. County Road 49, Prince Edward
5. Barton Street East, Hamilton
6. Burlington Street East, Hamilton
7. Avondale Road, Belleville
8. Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto
9. Carnegie Beach Road, Scugog
10. Bathurst Street, Toronto