St. James Street? Pembina Highway? That pothole filled stretch on your drive to work? It’s your chance to vote again for the worst road in Manitoba.
CAA Manitoba launches their fifth annual campaign again this morning.
You can vote for any road in the province on the CAA Manitoba website.
CAA President Mike Mager says the votes do matter. They use the list as leverage when lobbying government on which roads should be fixed first.
“And it’s more than just potholes. Safety issues, mobility issues, all of the above,” he says.
Mager points to St. James Street. It’s been the “winner” multiple times and was voted second worst last year. Both the city and province have poured millions of dollars into repairs.
“Hopefully moving into the future, they’ll do some of these roads a little quicker. They’ve taken three years to get this road done,” says Mager. “We’re trying to help the government. It’s not about complaining. It’s about making a difference.”
Mager says this year’s contest is even more important than usual because it comes just before a provincial election.
It’s not just Winnipeg roads that are on the list either. A stretch of northern Highway 280 between Thompson and Gillam was a surprise winner last year. Victoria Avenue in Winnipeg took the crown in 2013 and First Street in Winkler has been a runner up before.
Voting runs through April 6th.