North Okanagan routes fill the top three spots in 'Worst Roads' survey

The North Okanagan has the dubious distinction of having the top three ‘worst roads’ in B.C.

The B.C. Automobile Association’s fourth annual Worst Roads survey has Silver Star Road, west of Greenway Road, in first, while Westside Road, near Attenborough Road, is in second. Cosens Bay Road in third.

Portions of Westside Road also placed fourth and ninth.

“Votes tripled this year. This says to me that British Columbians want a way to express their road frustrations and appreciate the opportunity to have their say,” said Ken Cousin, BCAA’s associate vice-president of Road Assist.

Potholes and crumbling pavement were identified as the main issues on Silver Star and Westside roads, while pedestrian/cycling safety was the primary concern on Cosens Bay Road.

Cousin is quick to point out that this survey is not about criticizing government.

“It’s about safety and helping people to raise awareness of problem roads. We all play a role in being safe on our roads. For drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, it’s about being mindful, following the rules of the road and watching your behaviour,” he said.

This year, concerned motorists, cyclists and pedestrians identified a record 1,277 separate stretches of road across the province that they feel are unsafe or difficult to navigate.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.


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