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.

This temporary route will be used while upper Gallant Avenue is restricted to one-way traffic. This construction project is expected to be completed in fall 2021.

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.

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.

Next steps

We thank everyone who shared their thoughts to date. We are now planning a formal engagement about the Naughton Avenue temporary detour, to launch in fall 2021.

All input received to date, including themes from the Ideas Board, will be considered as we develop the scope and process for this engagement. Sign up below to receive updates and further details on opportunities to participate when this engagement launches in the fall.

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