Confused by Galloping Goose detour at Johnson Street Bridge

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I didn’t notice the problem, because I’m a regular on the Galloping Goose trail. Construction of the new Johnson Street Bridge has forced detours for both vehicles and pedestrians. A few signs guide the way, but for pedestrians, and probably cyclists, there aren’t enough. This was pointed out to me by an infrequent user of the Goose.

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As we strolled from downtown and across the bridge, there were detour signs suggesting routes past the construction. But once we crossed the bridge into Vic West near the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Hotel, there were no more signs.

You end up at a spot where sidewalks branch off and there’s no indication of where to go next to hook up with the Galloping Goose. Not a good result for a visitor relying on even recent-era maps that don’t acknowledge the construction. (You should turn right, and cross at the lights; don't go up the little hill.)

There’s also a lack of signs going the other way, coming into downtown off the Goose. You can see the bridge, but how the heck do you get there through the maze of sidewalk-closed signs, construction fences, orange lane barriers and mounds of earth?

Hmph, said my impatient strolling companion.

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