It's spring, which in Quebec means, of course, potholes. Ice that formed beneath roads during the winter has melted away, leaving cracks and craters in once smooth pavement. 

Though municipalities scramble each year to repair damage on major thoroughfares, other roads are long neglected.

That unfortunate truth has prompted the Canadian Automobile Association in Quebec (CAA) to open a survery where residents can vote for "the worst roads" in the province in 2019.

According to Narcity Québec, this is in fact the 5th year the CAA has held the contest.

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TL;DR Returning for a 5th year, the Canadian Automobile Association's "Worst Roads in Quebec" contest is open between April 24th and May 31st, 2019.


Already, votes have begun to coalesce around a few streets. The top 5 so far include:

  1. Chemin Traverse de Laval – Lac-Beauport, Québec

  2. Boulevard Gouin Est – Montréal, Québec

  3. Boulevard de la Salette – Saint-Jérôme, Québec

  4. Chemin Kilmar – Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec

  5. Québec 116 – Warwick, Québec

The CAA inaugurated the hashtag #PiresRoutes on Twitter to promote the contest.

The winner of the contest will receive the coveted award known as the "Golden Pothole."

Despite the silly nature of the contest, it also serves to call attention to the sad condition of public infrastructure in the province.

"The cohort of the 10 worst roads with the most votes will be presented to the municipalities and the Quebec government. With all this visibility, they will have a good chance of winning their repair," the CAA states pointedly on its website.

"The condition of roads and potholes is a security issue," the association wrote in a Twitter post.

The contest is open between April 24th and May 31st, 2019. Residents can vote once per day.

To submit a candidate street, go to the CAA website, enter your region, the street name and municipality. You may also submit photo evidence and testimony to back up your claim.

Safe driving!


 

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