At this time every year, the snow goes away and winter leaves behind a mess. Actually, today Sault Ste. Marie is covered in snow, so we have to wait just a little longer for the mess to show itself. But when we do start seeing the roads, it's never a pretty picture. Potholes, potholes, everywhere. So far, I'm delighted to say, the City Public Works Department has been on the ball filling the potholes in, and for that, I say thank you!
But the fillings are not a permanent solution. No. Next spring, when the snow melts again, we'll see those same potholes, and a few extra ones too. Certain roads need to be repaved. Kerr Drive between Chambers Avenue and Hardwood Street absolutely needs to be redone. The potholes here were filled up, but I fully expect the road situation to be much worse next year. Here's hoping that one of the City's road projects for the 2015 budget is Kerr Drive.
But Kerr Drive isn't the only bad road in Sault Ste. Marie. And beyond. Across this great nation, this winter has caused millions upon millions upon millions of dollars of damage. There are roads elsewhere in Canada that are much worse than my own road. The CAA (Canadian Automobile Association) for years has been urging the municipal and provincial governments to spend more on roads. The Ontario Worst Roads campaign is a chance for the people of Ontario to vote for the worst road in Ontario. Thousands and thousands of people vote, and the results are shared with the municipal and provincial governments.
What the government does with those results, we won't know until the results are in. But according to the CAA, “Since the inception of the campaign in 2003, 90 percent of the roads nominated to the annual list have been repaired or are scheduled to be repaired.” So this campaign is a good tool. Anyway, if there's a road that you feel needs to be repaired, click on the link below, and vote for Ontario's worst road!
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.