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Westside Road earns title of worst road in B.C.

A Mazda pickup truck was found 100 feet below Westside Road on Aug.26, 2011. Westside Road was recently named the worst road in the province by BCAA
A Mazda pickup truck was found 100 feet below Westside Road on Aug.26, 2011. Westside Road was recently named the worst road in the province by BCAA's second annual survey.
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For years, those who travel along Westside Road have complained that the stretch of pavement is one of the worst in B.C.

Now it's official.

The British Columbia Automobile Association announced the 10 worst roads on Thursday, based on nearly 3,500 votes that motorists, pedestrians and cyclists submitted from April 2 to 23.

Westside Road topped the list.

The second annual campaign identified 730 stretches of road that voters deemed to be the worst in B.C.

Westside Road was ranked 18th in the first ever worst roads campaign last year. In this year's campaign, 87 per cent of voters indicated that potholes and crumbling pavement were the road's biggest issues.

"We've heard from all types of road users about the condition of the roads in their community or along their commute," said Ken Cousin, BCAA's associate vice president of Road Assist.

"Through their responses to the campaign, British Columbians are putting a spotlight on roads that they believe have a negative impact on their vehicles, stress levels and safety."

Jim Edgson, director of the Central Okanagan West electoral area, said he has been lobbying the provincial government to make improvements to the road and raising general safety concerns for over 12 years.

He added that others, who belong to the Westside Road Improvement Committee, have been trying to get the road fixed for even longer than that.

"I've urged them and I will continue to urge them that they have to come up with a five-year plan. Right now this road is not one of the major priorities in the province," said Edgson.

"My concern right now is that we've got to go beyond maintenance. . .we need to get away from throwing coal tar on holes that have been patched about five times before."

He said he was happy that people took the time to vote and raise awareness of the dangerous stretch of pavement.

"I'm very thankful that the residents of Westside Road stood up and took part in this survey."

Now that the survey has identified Westside Road as being the worst in the province, drivers should take notice and drive accordingly, said Edgson.

"The entire province of B.C. now knows the worst road in B.C. is Westside Road. Now it's up to all the drivers to drive with due care and attention."

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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