Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade project - Kangaroo Point

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce that construction of the  Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade at Kangaroo Point is now complete.

Project summary

This table provides summary information about the Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade including address, ward, project outcomes and latest update.
Address Main Street and River Terrace, Kangaroo Point
Ward The Gabba
Project outcomes Improved safety
Latest update

Completed mid-November 2020

    About the project

    The project was undertaken to improve safety for all road users. The upgrade was jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government as part of the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery program. 

    Additional works to widen the path on the western side of Main Street, between River Terrace and Amesbury Street have been carried out as part of the intersection upgrade. These works are an initiative of the Queensland Government through the COVID Works for Queensland program.

    Construction started in July 2020 and works were successfully completed ahead of schedule in mid-November 2020.

    The intersection was identified as a location within Council’s Major Road network which required an upgrade to improve safety for all road users due to the high number of crashes recorded. A significant number of the crashes involved rear-end and sideswipe vehicle crashes related to the southbound shared through and right-turn lane on Main Street.

    The upgrade has reduced the risk of vehicle crashes by separating the shared through and right-turn southbound lane to provide two dedicated through lanes on Main Street and two dedicated right-turn lanes from Main Street into River Terrace. This change ensures vehicles travelling through the intersection are not unsafely manoeuvring around vehicles waiting to turn right into River Terrace.

    The project involved:

    • upgrading the existing traffic lights at Main Street and River Terrace, and Main Street and Pearson Street intersections
    • implementing two dedicated right-turn lanes and two through lanes on Main Street southbound approach to the intersection
    • reducing the total number of lanes from three to two on Main Street northbound through the intersection to facilitate the additional right-turn lane layout
    • constructing new traffic islands and centre medians
    • reducing on-street parking on the eastern end of River Terrace between Main Street and Paton Street and relocating a bus zone and loading zone
    • widening the footpath on the western side of Main Street between River Terrace and Amesbury Street to a minimum of 2.5 metres except for isolated ‘pinch points’
    • retaining three significant fig trees at the intersection
    • removing seven street trees on Main Street with offset replanting carried out in the local area
    • landscaping works.

    Council would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and cooperation during these important safety works.

    The project will now enter a defects period, in which Council will work with the Contractor to maintain and manage any defects and minor works such as landscaping as well as demobilising the site compound.

    Changed speed condition for River Terrace

    In addition to the intersection upgrade, Council has permanently reduced the speed limit on River Terrace from 60km/h to 50km/h. This permanent change will come into effect from 20 November 2020.

    Bus stop and shelter reinstated

    The northbound bus stop on Main Street at the intersection with River Terrace (stop 8) and bus stop shelter has been reinstated back at its permanent location.

    Future pedestrian crossing

    Council is also planning to construct a new signalised pedestrian crossing on River Terrace, between Paton Street and Bell Street. Investigations to inform the design for this upgrade to pedestrian facilities were recently completed. This upgrade will be considered as funding is made available.

    Project documents

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    More information

    For more information about the Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade, you can:

    • phone the project team on 1800 669 416 during business hours
    • phone Council’s 24-hours Contact Centre on 07 3403 8888 
    • email the project team
    • write to:
      Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade project
      City Projects Office
      Brisbane City Council
      GPO Box 1434
      Brisbane Qld 4001.
    Last updated: 26 November 2020