Mabel Lake Road ranked one of B.C.’s worst

  • May. 11, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Enderby has made the No. 2 spot, so far, as having one of B.C.’s worst roads.

Mabel Lake Road is ranked second in the top 20 worst roads in BCAA’s Worst Roads Campaign.

The campaign, which runs until May 24, is open to residents wanting to vote for the road they feel is most in need of repair or redesign.

Mabel Lake Road has 116 votes, behind Ospika Boulevard in Prince George with 374 votes. Westside Road has also made the top 20 list at No. 6 with 57 votes.

The goal of the campaign is to help pave the way to better roads and highways.

“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.”

You can nominate your “worst road” by visiting, or by completing a ballot at any BCAA location. One vote per person.

Throughout the campaign BCAA will post weekly online updates of the total number of votes cast and which roads are close to taking the title of B.C.’s Worst Road. After voting closes, final results will be tallied and a list of the Top 20 Worst Roads in B.C. 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 to find out how they are planning to improve B.C.’s 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,” says Acres. “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 conducted by CAA affiliates in other provinces have demonstrated that strong voices can make a difference. In Ontario, over 90 per cent of the roads that achieved Top 20 Worst Road status in previous years have either been fixed, or are in the process of being fixed.

The BCAA Worst Roads survey defines a ‘worst road’ as any piece of paved infrastructure—including a bridge or tunnel—that is in need of repair, has damaging potholes, needs resurfacing, is unsafe and contributes to frequent accidents, or is often heavily congested. Roads that are poorly designed or too narrow for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to share safely also qualify as a ‘worst road’.