CAA Manitoba continues its annual search for the worst road in the province and Chevrier Blvd. in Winnipeg is making a pretty good case to finish on top.
“A minefield I guess is the about the best I think I could describe it,” said Carlos Bergantim, owner of Tony’s Academy Auto Service on Chevrier Blvd. near a patch of road that has been chewed up over the last few months.
This nasty stretch of road is located near French St. between two sets of railroad tracks and there is no avoiding it, according to Bergantim.
“A lot of people are trying to avoid the bigger potholes, so they’re moving over to the other lane and then you got traffic coming the other way that hasn’t hit anything yet, so they’re coming a little bit quicker and it can be tricky,” he said.
Bergantim actually set up a sign outside his garage to warn unknowing drivers to slow down before they hit the perforated pavement.
“You can bend rims, you can damage a tire, you could literally break a ball joint a tie rod easily,” Bergantim said.
Some drivers are noticing the sign.
“As long as you go slow you won’t damage your car,” said one driver who spoke with Global News and mentioned she’s been trying avoid Chevrier. “There’s other ways of getting to work.”
Right now Chevrier Blvd. is in fourth place in CAA Manitoba’s campaign worst road campaign. Highway 239 in the Interlake is in the top spot.
“By the midway point of the campaign, we usually see 400 to 450 roads nominated,” said Liz Kulyk, corporate manager of government and community relations of CAA Manitoba. “This year we’ve already seen 5,000 votes cast on 527 roads around Manitoba. Clearly, more Manitobans are engaged in the discussion about the state of our roads.”
Empress Street, Pembina Highway, and Fermor Avenue are also in the top 10.
You can vote on the top worst road in Manitoba on CAA Manitoba’s website until April 17.