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Hamilton’s roads rank high as the worst

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

 The votes are being tallied for Ontario’s worst road, and Burlington Street is a contender again.

Faye Lyons, government relations for CAA, which organizes the annual worst roads vote, says as the election counts down to April 25, Burlington Street is expected to remain in the top 10 worst roads in the province again.

Last year it was ranked number two.

But other roads in Hamilton that have received votes this year include Rymal Road, Main Street and Twenty Road. In the past other roads that have made the list include Mohawk Road and Parkdale.

This is the 11th time the Canadian Automobile Association has held the event, highlighting the need for the provincial government to invest more money in repairing municipal roadways.

This past winter has been especially brutal on roads, saidLyons, forcing municipalities, includingHamiltonto spend more money to fix up deteriorating infrastructure.

CAA is urging the provincial government to allocate the gas and licensing taxes, which amounts to about $3.1 billion, to municipalities so they can make the necessary repairs to their infrastructure. The CAA estimates municipalities spend about $10.8 billion to fix and maintain its roads annually. Hamilton has so far spent about $900,000. On average the city spends about $2.6 million over the last five years on road repairs.

“Municipalities need sustainable funding,” saidLyons.

The province charges 14.7 cents on every liter of gas and diesel sold in Ontario, generating about $3.1 billion in 2012-13.

While CAA has overseen its successful worst roads campaign, the province has turned a deaf ear to the group’s recommendation.

“It’s still a work-in-progress,” she said. “Hopefully we can get them to listen to us.”

Once the vote is completed April 25, CAA will release the results in about a couple of weeks, said Lyons.

People can vote at www.worstroads.ca.Lyon said about 10,000 people vote each year, and the numbers continue to grow each year. She said because of the tough winter, there was an initial flurry of votes when the campaign kicked off earlier this month. So far, it has tapered off, said Lyon.

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