Adelaide Street and Wharf Street black spot project – Brisbane CBD

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Adelaide Street and Wharf Street intersection in Brisbane’s CBD as part of the Australian Government’s 2021-22 Black Spot Program.


This table provides information on the Adelaide Street and Wharf Street black spot project in Brisbane CBD including the address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Adelaide Street and Wharf Street, Brisbane
Ward Central
Project outcomes Improved safety
Latest update Start of construction.

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About the project

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the intersection to improve safety for all road users by removing the right turn movement (inbound) from Adelaide Street to Wharf Street and enhancing pedestrian protection to maintain safe crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Australian Government’s Black Spot Program is part of the National Road Safety Strategy, which is framed by the guiding vision that no person should be killed or seriously injured on Australia’s roads. The program aims to improve road safety by implementing upgrade measures at each black spot location to reduce the risk of crashes.

Between 2014 and 2021 there were 12 recorded crashes at the Adelaide Street and Wharf Street intersection, all of which resulted in medical treatment or hospitalisations. Nine of the 12 crashes occurred because of motorists failing to give way when turning or failing to observe the red lights signals.

Additionally, as a result of high traffic volumes along Adelaide Street, road users are making inappropriate gap selections when turning right onto Wharf Street, extending traffic delays. As part of the 2021-22 Black Spot Program, Council is also upgrading the Boundary Road and Formation Street intersection in Wacol.

Project details

The upgrade will improve safety for all road users and reduce conflict by removing the right-turn (inbound) movement from Adelaide Street into Wharf Street.

The upgrade will involve:

  • removing the right-turn from Adelaide Street into Wharf Street (inbound)
  • replacing the right-turn pocket on Adelaide Street with concrete median to encourage through traffic movement
  • upgrading the traffic light poles with new lanterns
  • installing new LED street lighting
  • new line marking.

Project timing

Early works were completed in late September and involved re-cabling of the signals in preparation for the civil works.

Construction will take place from mid-October and will be completed late 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.

Works will take place at night between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of workers and road users and minimise traffic disruptions.


During the works, residents and businesses near the intersection may experience increased noise, truck movements, vibration, dust and lighting. Council is committed to minimising the impact of construction works and will aim to complete the noisiest works prior to 11pm where possible, however, residents may still experience increased noise after 11pm. For workplace health and safety reasons reverse beeper cannot be turned off. 

Temporary lane closures will be required, with traffic control in place to direct road users. Access to bus stops on both Adelaide Street and Wharf Street will be maintained during the duration of the works.

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Adelaide Street and Wharf Street black spot project you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 884 681 (during business hours)
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (outside business hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Adelaide Street and Wharf Street black spot project
    City Projects Office
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 6 October 2021