A detour or (British English: diversion) is a (normally temporary) route taking traffic around an area of prohibited or reduced access, such as a construction site. Standard operating procedure for many roads departments is to route any detour over roads within the same jurisdiction as the road with the obstructed area.[1]

On multi-lane highways (e.g., freeways, expressways, city streets, etc.), usually traffic shifts can replace a detour, as detours often congest turn lanes.

Singapore Road Signs - Temporary Sign - Detour
Detour sign used in Singapore
Detour sign used in the United States
Diverted cycle route in the UK


  1. ^ Example: Dits, Joseph (2011-04-19). "Capital Ave. to be closed at railroad tracks in Mishawaka for a week" (fee required). South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-20. The state will erect signs that take car traffic on a detour all the way through downtown South Bend – a longer detour than local residents could figure out – because the state has to use state roads, said InDOT spokesman Jim Pinkerton.
DeTour Reef Light

The DeTour Reef Light is a non-profit-operated lighthouse marking the southern entrance of the DeTour Passage between the eastern end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Drummond Island. The light is an automated active aid to navigation. It marks the northern end of Lake Huron. The passage is used by almost all of the Great Lakes commercial freighter traffic moving to and from Lake Superior, with approximately 5,000 vessel movements annually. It is said to be "the gateway to Lake Superior." In addition, many recreational boaters use the passage. The Light is located in Lake Huron, three miles (5 km) south of the nearest town, DeTour Village, Michigan.

De Tour Passage Underwater Preserve

The DeTour Passage Underwater Preserve is a preservation area in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located in Lake Huron, it completely surrounds Drummond Island and includes all of DeTour Passage and adjacent sections of Lake Huron and the St. Mary's River.

Detour (1945 film)

Detour is a 1945 American film noir directed by Edgar G. Ulmer starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage. It was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Goldsmith's eponymous 1939 novel and released by the Producers Releasing Corporation, one of the so-called Poverty Row film studios in mid-20th-century Hollywood.In 1992, Detour was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".The film is in the public domain and is freely available from online sources.

A 4K restoration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences premiered in Los Angeles at the TCM Festival in April 2018. A Blu-Ray and DVD was released in March 2019 from the Criterion Collection.

Detour (NCIS)

"Detour" is the sixteenth episode of the tenth season of the American police procedural drama NCIS, and the 226th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on February 26, 2013. The episode is written by Steven D. Binder and directed by Mario Van Peebles, and was seen by 20.69 million viewers.

Richard Linklater

Richard Stuart Linklater (; born July 30, 1960) is an American filmmaker. Linklater is known for his realistic and natural humanist films, which revolve mainly around suburban culture and the effects of the passage of time. His films include the observational comedy film Slacker (1990); the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993); the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003); Boyhood (2014); and the rotoscope animated films Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006).

In 2002, he began filming Boyhood, a passion project that took over twelve years to complete. The film was released in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. In 2015, Linklater was included on the annual Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.Many of his films are noted for their loosely structured narrative; several of his projects—the Before... films and Boyhood—feature the same actors filmed over an extended period of years.

Serious Sam

Serious Sam is a video game series created and developed by Croteam. The series started on Microsoft Windows and has been released on a number of different platforms, including the Xbox, Xbox 360, Palm OS, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 and GameCube.

Direct spin-offs of the first title in the Serious Sam series were created for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance by Climax Solent and for Palm OS by InterActive Vision. All of these spin-offs were published by Global Star Software. The fan-made game Serious Sam Classics: Revolution was developed by online community Alligator Pit and released onto Steam Early Access in 2014.

The series follows the adventures of protagonist Sam "Serious" Stone and his fight against the forces of the notorious extraterrestrial overlord Mental who seeks to destroy humanity.

Teletoon at Night

Teletoon at Night (formerly The Detour) is a defunct Canadian English-language late night programming block that aired on Teletoon, which is owned by Corus Entertainment. The block featured programming for both teen and adult audiences.

It was similar in format to Adult Swim, the late night block on Cartoon Network. The block's French counterpart, Télétoon la nuit, airs on Teletoon's French-language channel, Télétoon.The block aired for the last time on April 1, 2019, with most of its programming moving to Adult Swim.

The Detour (TV series)

The Detour is an American comedy television series created by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee about a family vacation road trip that quickly devolves out of control. It stars Jones himself, Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll. The series premiered on TBS on April 11, 2016. The show was renewed for a second season on April 6, 2016, five days prior to the series premiere. The second season premiered on February 21, 2017. On April 25, 2017, TBS renewed the series for a third season.On May 11, 2018, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on June 18, 2019.

Télétoon la nuit

Télétoon la nuit (branded as TÉLÉTOON la Nuit; formerly "Le détour sur Télétoon", then "Télétoon Détour") is a Canadian French-language animated programming block targeted towards older teen and adult audiences which airs from 8pm to 3 am ET/PT Sunday to Thursday night and from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday on the Canadian television channel Télétoon. This block is the French version of Teletoon's Teletoon at Night. It was launched in September 2002 as "Le Détour sur Télétoon" until September 1, 2008 when it was renamed "Télétoon Détour". The block was renamed once again in September 2009 to "Télétoon la nuit".

Animated programming targeted towards teen and adult audiences airs during the Télétoon la nuit (formerly "Le détour sur Télétoon", then "Télétoon Détour") programming block, the French version of Teletoon at Night (formerly Teletoon Detour), much of which is in the vein of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, though extra care was made early on to carry diverse and international programming and carry programming without editing. The network first aired an anime series on March 3, 2008.

In September 2012, a new programming block named Slaque la cravate avec Mat (or simply Slaque la cravate, or "Slap the tie"), hosted by Mathieu Cyr was launched. The block has the same style as Teletoon at Night's Fred at Night.

As of September 2014, Télétoon la nuit starts at 8 p.m. (changed from 9 p.m.) from Sunday to Thursday. In 2015, Télétoon la nuit's website underwent a major overhaul. The block has continued after April 1, 2019, even as the connecting Teletoon at Night English block was discontinued with the move of its programming to the new Adult Swim channel.


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