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CAA Manitoba launches Worst Roads campaign

CAA Manitoba launched their annual Worst Roads campaign in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Association urges Manitobans to vote on worst road in the province for annual campaign

Deep potholes are showing up along St. James Street, near Ness Avenue. These deep holes and ruts are the kind of thing that make up a worst road candidate, CAA Manitoba CEO Mike Mager said. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

CAA Manitoba launched their annual Worst Roads campaign in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

The annual campaign has Manitobans vote for roads across the province based on their issues with things like congestion and safety.

Mike Mager, the president and CEO of CAA Manitoba, said roads have to meet a number of criteria in order to get the dubious distinction.

Last year, Winnipeg took three of the top five spots with St. James Street, Berry Street and Ness Avenue, but Brandon got the top honour for the city's Victoria Avenue.

But every year there are some repeat offenders, Mager said.

“At this point McGillivray Avenue comes up frequently, Kenaston comes up frequently, King Edward North comes up frequently – those are the ones that are very common,” said Mager.

Earlier this month, CAA Manitoba said they thought this year could be the worst Winnipeg has ever seen for pot holes and encouraged the City of Winnipeg to come up with a better plan to tackle them.

“It’s just completely unacceptable, I would say shameful, that our roads are in this sort of state,” said Mager.

He said the contest has had an impact on what roads are fixed provincially, but he hasn’t seen the same impact in Winnipeg.

“They’ve addressed some of the issues but not as strongly as we’d like to see,” said Mager.

To vote on Manitoba’s worst road, visit CAA Manitoba’s website. The polls will be open until April 23.

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