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Published on January 16th, 2017 | by Danielle Williams

Canada’s Top 20 Most Congested Traffic Bottlenecks.

Every spring CAA launches its annual Worst Roads campaign and asks Canadians how they feel about their local infrastructure. CAA decided to go one step further and research the most congested highways in Canada in a study called Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada’s Worst Bottlenecks. For drivers stuck on these road stretches each day, the results may not come as a surprise. But when researchers examined the bigger picture and what the delays meant, the results revealed some startling numbers.

The top 20 traffic bottlenecks are in just four cities – Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver. The study reveals that Canada’s worst highway bottleneck is the stretch of Highway 401 that cuts across the north part of the City of Toronto. This bottleneck costing commuters over three million hours of annual delays.

“CAA is committed to safe and efficient transportation and infrastructure for all road users,” says Teresa Di Felice, Director, Government and Community Relations at CAA South Central Ontario. “These delays represent significant impacts to our quality of life, economy, and the environment and CAA looks forward to working with stakeholders in finding solutions to reduce congestion.”

Here’s the list of Canada’s top 20 most congested traffic bottlenecks:

  1. Toronto – Highway 401 between Highway 427 and Yonge Street
  2. Toronto – Don Valley Parkway/Highway 404 between Don Mills Road and Finch Avenue
  3. Montreal – Highway 40 between Boulevard Pie-IX and Highway 520
  4. Toronto – Gardiner Expressway between South Kingsway and Bay Street
  5. Montreal – Highway 15 between Highway 40 and Chemin de la Cote-Saint-Luc
  6. Toronto – Highway 401 between Bayview Avenue and Don Mills Road
  7. Toronto – Highway 409 between Highway 401 and Kipling Avenue
  8. Montreal –Highway 25 between Avenue Souligny and Rue Beaubien E
  9. Vancouver – Granville Street at SW Marine Drive
  10. Vancouver – W Georgia Street between Seymour Street and W Pender Street
  11. Toronto – Highway 401 between Don Valley Parkway and Victoria Park Avenue
  12. Toronto – Black Creek Drive between Weston Road and Trethewey Drive
  13. Toronto – Highway 401 between Mavis Road and McLaughlin Road
  14. Montreal – Highway 40 between Highway 520 and Boulevard Cavendish
  15. Vancouver – Granville Street between W Broadway Street and W 16th Avenue
  16. Montreal – Highway 20 near 1re Avenue
  17. Quebec City – Highway 73 between Chemin des Quatre Bourgeois and exit to Avenue Dalquier
  18. Toronto – Highway 401 interchange at Highway 427
  19. Toronto – Highway 400 at Highway 401
  20. Vancouver – George Massey Tunnel on Highway 99

Traffic congestion is a major source of stress for Canadians and nearly  62% of Canadians think traffic is getting worse in their city. The study concludes that traffic bottlenecks affect Canadians in every major urban market, increasing commute times by as much as 50%.

CAA has encouraged the development and management of road infrastructure that keeps traffic moving efficiently and safely for all road users. This vision recognizes the need for adequate public investment in modern transportation infrastructure and technology. We actively engage with key decision-makers and stakeholders to ensure governments can take advantage of this data as they make decisions on infrastructure spending.

To learn more information about Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada’s Worst Bottlenecks and its findings click here.

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