Roads and Bridges

Rated: Good

Roads and Sidewalks

Canada depends on municipal road infrastructure to transport people and goods quickly and safely to where they need to go.


Bridges help people and goods cross rivers, ravines, roads, railroads, or other obstacles to get where they need to go in cities and communities across Canada.

The road networks section of our survey focused on two-lane equivalent kilometres of highways, arterial roads, collector roads, local roads, lanes, alleys and sidewalks. They survey also included questions about bridges and tunnels, including highway and expressway bridges, arterial bridges, collector bridges, footbridges, local bridges, culverts three metres and greater and tunnels.

The current state

Almost 40% of these assets are in fair or worse condition and approximately 20% of the assets were constructed in the last 20 years.

We assessed these assets using a defined scale and their age profile.
  • Roads Estimate Service Life (ESL) of 20-40 years.
  • Sidewalks ESL of 50 years.
  • Bridges and culverts ELS of 50 years.

Roads and bridges by the numbers

Pie chart left: Overall asset condition – Roads - 6% very poor; 11% poor; 22% fair; 35% good; 16% very good; 10% unknown Pie chart right: Overall asset condition – Bridges and tunnels - 3% very poor; 9% poor; 26% fair; 42% good; 18% very good; 2% unknown

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