Road Review: CAA ranks the ten worst roads in Quebec

Montreal, Quebec — Back after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the 2021 Worst Roads campaign once again gave Quebec residents a way to draw attention to the state of the province’s roads. 

Over the course of the past month, Quebecers have spoken loud and clear — Chemin de la Grande-Ligne in Carignan is the 2021 winner for Worst Road in the province. Close behind, the Ferry Ramp in Matane and Chemin du 3e-Rang-du-Bic in Rimouski came in second and third, respectively. 

“The Worst Roads list sends a message to the authorities from the public about the terrible state of the roads in Quebec,” said Sophie Gagnon, Vice President of Public Affairs and Road Safety. “We’ll follow up in a few months to let people know what the government plans to do to improve the roads they called out.”

Here are the 10 worst roads of 2021:

  1. Chemin de la Grande-Ligne, Carignan (Montérégie)
  2. Ferry Ramp, Matane (Bas-Saint-Laurent)
  3. Chemin du 3e-Rang-du-Bic, Rimouski (Bas-Saint-Laurent)
  4. Rue Main, Hudson (Montérégie)
  5. Rue Seigneuriale, Québec (Capitale-Nationale)
  6. Chemin du Lac-Héroux, Saint-Boniface (Mauricie)
  7. Boulevard de l’Ormière, Québec (Capitale-Nationale)
  8. Boulevard Jean-Talon Ouest, Québec (Capitale-Nationale)
  9. Route 257, Scotstown (Estrie)
  10. Avenue Taniata, Lévis (Chaudière-Appalaches)

While the usual potholes and craters in pavements across Quebec always find their way onto the list, the final ranking had a surprise this year—a “road that’s not a road”: the Ferry Ramp in Matane. But a groundswell of locals took advantage of the campaign to signal their frustrations with the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout Ferry.

“The fact that the Matane Ferry Ramp showed up in our ranking is a reminder how important mobility is to Quebecers. When our transportation systems are working properly, residents can get where they need to go with peace of mind. That’s the whole goal of our Worst Roads campaign,” said Sophie Gagnon, vice president, Public Affairs and Road Safety. 

The rest of the list is made up of roads that are in poor condition, a constant reminder of how much work remains to be done to ensure safe, well-paved roads. Note that all ten roads on this year’s list are first-timers. 

Once again Quebec cuts a sad figure as the province with the highest average annual cost to repair road-related damage to vehicles.

CAA-Quebec’s Worst Roads campaign ran from April 20 to May 17, 2021. Any road user (motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, truckers) could vote for the worst road in the province on the worstroads.com website. One vote per road per day was allowed. A total of 2,818 votes were recorded to determine the final ranking for the 2021 Worst Roads.



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