If you've lived in Montreal for more than a few months, you've definitely noticed the dire conditions of the city's roads.

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While officials, planners, and construction crews are hard at work to improve road conditions, much work remains to be done.

Hazards range from simple potholes to decades old infrastructure that cannot safely accomodate modern traffic conditions.

Federal officials have also begun to take serious notice.

Recently, Statistics Canada released a comprehensive study of infrastructure across the country and Quebec does not score well. Indeed, roads across the province are in a worrying state of disrepair.

A whopping 20% of highways in Quebec are in "poor" condition. In this category, Quebec far outranks other provinces and territories.

Quebec also has the second-highest share of highways in "very poor condition," following only Saskatchewan.

But highways are only one part of the problem.

The province can additionally claim the proportionally most arterial and collector roads in "very poor condition" – almost 20%. The jurisdiction with the next highest share of severely damaged arterial roads are the Northwest Territories, with only 8.4%.

Perhaps more troubling are new highways in Quebec. The average life expectancy of new construction in the province – just ten years – is about one third of the national average. This points to inadequate public investment and extremely poor planning.

Quebec bridges are also of concern. Nearly 18% of highway bridges in the province are in "very poor condition," a vastly greater proportion that other provinces and territories in Canada. With only 5% of its bridges in such a state, Saskatchewan is the province with the next highest share.

Hopefully provincial and local planners can use this new federal data to better evaluate construction plans. Clearly, more oversight is necessary.

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