Naughton Avenue temporary detour

We created the temporary detour on Naughton Avenue to ensure safe and efficient traffic flow for everyone in and out of Deep Cove during construction work to replace the storm sewer on Gallant Avenue.

With the project nearing completion, the Naughton detour is no longer needed. We are now seeking input on what you think should happen in the area. 

Three possible directions for the detour are being considered based on District priorities:

  • Put it back the way it was before 
  • Keep it open for walking, cycling, and emergency vehicles only
  • Upgrade to a permanent link to Deep Cove Village for vehicles, walking and cycling 

We want to hear from you: We are gathering community feedback regarding the Naughton Avenue detour. This online engagement, which ends December 12, will provide information to Council that will help decide the future of the Naughton Avenue area. Take the survey

News & updates

November 30, 2021 – Naughton detour reopening temporarily

The detour on Naughton Avenue will be temporarily reopened to ensure safe and efficient access in and out of Deep Cove during the heavy rain forecast this week.

Since the detour closed, more single-lane alternating traffic has been required than was initially anticipated, and significant rainfall from heavy storms in quick succession has created potholes on the gravel surface on upper Gallant.

Contractors will begin reopening the detour on Tuesday, November 30.

November 22, 2021 — Community engagement goes live

Now through December 12, we are seeking the community's input on the future of Naughton Avenue. Take the survey.

November 18, 2021 — Upcoming closure of Naughton Avenue detour

With the installation of the culvert now complete, the Naughton Avenue detour is expected to close during the week of November 22.  

After the detour is closed, two-way traffic will resume on upper Gallant Avenue during non-construction hours. During construction hours, single-lane alternating traffic will be required to accommodate completion of road construction on upper Gallant.

November 2, 2021 — Community survey 

With scheduled construction coming to an end, we will launch a survey this month to hear from the community about the future of Naughton Avenue. This is in line with our commitment to conduct a more formal public consultation, as follow-up to the ideas that the community contributed to the Ideas Board earlier this year.

To ensure you don’t miss your opportunity to have your say, please sign up for updates below and we will contact you with the link to the survey once it launches. We’ll also post information on our Twitter and Facebook channels and on signs throughout Deep Cove Village.  

The results of the survey will be presented to Council in early 2022.

Community input

Exploring ideas

Notice of the detour sparked interest and concern from the community regarding the future of the Naughton Avenue detour when the Gallant Creek storm sewer replacement construction is complete. To help residents share their thoughts and ideas, on March 17, 2021, we launched a digital Ideas Board on our Civil Space online engagement platform.

To get the conversation started, we posted suggestions we had heard during our meetings with community members about the storm sewer project. Specifically, we suggested the following three ideas:

  • Put it back the way it was
  • Make it an accessible path for walking and cycling
  • Make it a permanent road

To participate, people had the option to add their own ideas, offer comments, or like (or dislike) existing ideas. Our goal was to understand the range of potential ideas and questions, comments and concerns people have about all the ideas that came forward to help us plan effectively.

People had the opportunity to share their views as many times as they liked. Rather than a survey or voting tool, the Ideas Board served as a tool to gather ideas generated by the community.

Community feedback

The ideas board closed on July 23, 2021, approximately three weeks after the temporary detour opened for use on July 5. A total of 17 ideas were posted, ranging from transportation ideas for vehicles and active modes such as walking and biking to concerns for the environment. Each idea generated a number of comments.

Some people want the District to keep the detour open for various forms of traffic, while others would like it to be returned to pre-detour conditions. “Put it back the way it was” emerged as the idea with the most likes and the most overall comments at this preliminary stage.

For more information, read the Naughton Ideas Summary.

Additional input on the future of Naughton detour was received as part of open-ended responses to our Lower Gallant Pedestrian Area online survey in June during which 818 residents responded, most of whom live in Deep Cove. Comments ranged from “close the detour” to “make it permanent.” For more information, read the Lower Gallant Pedestrian Area Engagement Summary.

Community Survey

Now through December 12, 2021, we are seeking further community input through an online engagement. Take the survey.

Next stepsNaughton Avenue timeline

Learn more about the Gallant Avenue storm sewer replacement project

Project details

A road detour with orange traffic cones.

The detour was constructed on 100 metres of the Naughton Avenue right-of-way between Panorama Drive and Deep Cove Road, creating a short one-way loop for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles (see map below). We notified residents in late November 2020 and the detour construction was completed in late June 2021.

A map of the temporary detour route on Naughton Avenue.

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