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North Okanagan has worst roads: survey

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Pot holes, crumbling pavement and congestion top the list in the British Columbia Automobile Association's fourth annual survey of the province's worst roads.

Pot holes, crumbling pavement and congestion top the list in the British Columbia Automobile Association's fourth annual survey of the province's worst roads.

The association said that motorists, pedestrians and cyclists identified 1,277 separate stretches of provincial roads they feel are unsafe or difficult to navigate.

A list naming the 10 worst has been created and the top three are all in, or around, the north Okanagan, including B.C.’s new “worst” thoroughfare, Silver Star Road, near Vernon.

Pot holes and crumbling pavement are the problems there, with similar issues identified for the second-worst route on the list, Westside Road, southwest of Vernon. Cosens Bay Road to the southeast, grabbed the third spot because of concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Most of the roads on the 2014 list have been mentioned before, but the BCAA said that McKenzie Avenue in Victoria makes its debut in sixth spot because of traffic congestion while Maple Crescent, a residential street in Maple Ridge, east of Vancouver, ranks eighth due to pedestrian and cycling safety issues.

The BCAA said the number of votes submitted for its annual survey tripled this year in what the association believes is an expression of traveller frustration and a desire to offer opinions about the problem.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2014

by Journal Of Commerce

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