Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade project - Kangaroo Point

Brisbane City Council is upgrading the Main Street and River Terrace intersection to improve safety for all road users.

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

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About the project

Construction of the Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade at Kangaroo Point is planned to start from Wednesday 8 July 2020 and is expected to be complete in early 2021, weather and construction conditions permitting.

This upgrade is jointly funded by Council and the Australian Government through the Roads to Recovery program.

The existing intersection features a shared southbound through lane and right-turn lane from Main Street into River Terrace, which has been the site of 13 recorded crashes between January 2014 and December 2018. In 2019 there were an additional six vehicle crashes at this intersection. 

The project aims to reduce 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 will ensure vehicles wishing to travel through the intersection are not unsafely manoeuvring around vehicles waiting to turn right into River Terrace.

Council will also undertake important safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by widening the path along the western side of Main Street, between River Terrace and Amesbury Street to 2.5 metres, with an additional 600mm buffer between the path and the vehicle lane. The design will help to future proof Main Street and tie in with future works associated with Council’s planned Kangaroo Point green bridge.

Project details

The project will involve:

  • upgrading the existing traffic signals 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
  • upgrading the right-turn lane into Pearson Street from Main Street to a fully controlled turn
  • constructing new traffic islands and centre medians
  • reducing on-street parking on the eastern side 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 2.5 metres
  • retaining three significant fig trees at the intersection
  • removing seven street trees on Main Street with offset replanting to be carried out in the local area.

Changed speed conditions for River Terrace

In addition to the intersection upgrade, Council will reduce the speed limit on River Terrace from 60km/h to 50km/h on a permanent basis.

Work hours

Construction will generally take place Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 5pm, weather and site conditions permitting. 

To ensure the safety of road users and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions, some work is required to be undertaken at night or on weekends, when traffic volumes are lowest. Night works are only scheduled when necessary and will take place Sunday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am.

Council is committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity in their area and will provide advance notification to affected residents and businesses of any out-of-hours works, or major service disruptions or access changes, including any temporary driveway disruptions within the work area.  

Construction impacts

During construction, the local community in close proximity to the works can expect some construction noise, increased truck movements and low levels of vibration and dust. Due to workplace health and safety requirements, reversing beepers cannot be switched off. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during these works.

Road users may experience changed traffic conditions, lane closures and at certain times, a reduced speed limit of 40km/h through the worksite. Where necessary, traffic management will be onsite to safely direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through the area. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience while Council completes this important safety upgrade.

Environmental impacts

In order to upgrade the intersection, Council has identified seven street trees to be removed on the western side of Main Street as part of the project. Works to remove the trees are scheduled to be carried out during day works in mid-July 2020. A fauna spotter and catcher will be onsite to relocate any fauna prior to tree removals. All works will be carried out in accordance with the relevant environmental guidelines and Council will make every effort to minimise environmental impacts during construction. 

Site compound

Council’s construction contractor’s site compound will be located in the vacant block at 44 River Terrace. This location was chosen due to its close proximity to the works area, access to water and electricity, and to minimise construction traffic in surrounding local streets. 

Future pedestrian crossing

Council is also planning for future upgrades to pedestrian facilities on River Terrace. Investigations to inform a proposed signalised pedestrian crossing between Paton Street and Bell Street were carried out in May 2020. This will be considered as funding is made available.

Energex works

Energex is currently undertaking early works in coordination with Council from July to August 2020 to relocate the overhead power poles on the western side of Main Street, between Paton Street and River Terrace.

Night works may be scheduled when necessary and will take place Sunday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Project timing

  • Early 2020 - Detailed design complete
  • July to August 2020 - Energex works
  • July 2020 to early 2021 - Civil construction

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Main Street and River Terrace intersection upgrade project 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 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 June 2020