Ridge Road ranked 6th worst in Altantic Provinces

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on June 5, 2013

The Ridge Road is one of the top ten worst roads – the bottom ten if you will – of roads in Atlantic Canada, according to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

The Ridge Road, 17 km in length, runs from Conway through Hillgrove,  Bloomfield, South Range, and North Range to the French Road.

It tied for sixth place on the list with Highway 203, which runs for about 100 kilometres between Carleton, Yarmouth County, through Kemptville and as far as Shelburne.

Grabbing the top spot was the Cape John Road in River John, N.S.

From May 1 through May 31, the CAA asked the public to place their vote for Atlantic Canada’s Worst Roads. Any and every road in Atlantic Canada, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick was eligible to be named Worst Road.

The campaign attracted an overall 4,045 votes.

Overall, seven Nova Scotia roads made the Top 10 list, which includes 12 roads due to two ties in voting.

“This campaign will help put a real focus on problem and dangerous road conditions in the region,” said Gary Howard, vice president communications for CAA. “By doing so we can actively engage all necessary levels of government to encourage repairs and changes.”

The Ridge Road, and other neighbouring roads, some in worse condition, were recently the subject of a community meeting with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Brian Foote, the department’s site manager in Digby, told a crowd of close to 100 people on Tuesday, April 30,  that it was no use patching or repaving the Ridge Road, that it needed to be completely rebuilt.

Recent stories on the state of the Ridge Road:

Rough meeting about rough roads

Public meeting on roads in North Range

The following is the list of roads that make the Worst list for 2013:

1. Cape John Road, River John

2. Hanwell Road, Fredericton, N.B.

3. Tie: New Brunswick 630, Andersonville, N.B.; Forties Road, New Ross

4. Foxbrook Road, Hopewell

5. Kempt Head Road, Ross Ferry

6. Tie: Nova Scotia 203, Kemptville and Ridge Road, Digby

7. Rothesay Avenue, Saint John, N.B.

8. Balmoral Road, Tatamagouche

9. Pleasantview Ave, Paradise, N.L.

10. Fredericton Road, Salisbury, N.B.