City Road and Power Street intersection safety improvements

The City Road and Power Street intersection is undergoing a major upgrade to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers.

Intersection upgrade - Update January 2023

Major construction at the intersection is currently underway and crews are on site between Sunday and Thursday, from 10pm to 6am. We expect the intersection upgrade works will be complete by late March 2023.

During major works at the intersection, there will be impacts to traffic in the local area. We are speaking with residents and businesses, as well as the transport and freight industry to keep people moving and reduce delays as much as possible.

We will keep you informed here of construction impacts as well as pedestrian and traffic disruptions.

Since our works commenced on 15 January, we have:

  • Continued to identify and inspect underground services
  • Removed pavement over areas of the intersection
  • Installed temporary traffic lane line marking
  • Commenced works on the road crossing
  • Reconfigured traffic lanes on City Road to make room for the new wider footpath

During the week commencing Sunday 29 January, we will be:

  • Preparing the site for underground services
  • Constructing foundations for new traffic lights
  • Trenching by non-destructive digging to install cables underneath the roadway

During this week, please expect:

  • Medium to high level noise
  • Speed reductions and lane closures
  • Traffic controllers on site to manage traffic and pedestrians safely 


Detailed designs for the upgrade have been finalised. The upgrade will include: 

  • widening the footpath on City Road
  • moving the pedestrian crossing away from the corner 
  • removing a traffic island on Power Street
  • shifting all lanes on City Road at the intersection.

These measures will create more space for pedestrians and give vehicles more room to turn into Power Street. 

City Road Power Street intersection aerial pic 

Before and after birds eye view

Before and after street view




What are the details of this upgrade?

We will remove a raised centre island on Power Street, immediately south of the intersection, and relocate the pedestrian crossing away from the southeast corner of the intersection. This will give pedestrians more room to wait to cross, and large trucks more room to navigate the left turn from City Road onto Power Street.

All lanes on City Road will be shifted north, allowing for footpath widening to give pedestrians more space. The stop line for all traffic travelling from the east will move away from the intersection to increase separation between pedestrians and vehicles. 

In developing these safety measures, we have carried out traffic modelling, considered heritage-listed property, and undertaken safety audits and the identification of all underground services.

When are works happening? 

We are already underway with major construction. We expect the upgrade will be complete by late March 2023.

Why are trucks still allowed to travel in the area? 

Trucks that are too tall to fit, as well as those that carry dangerous or flammable cargo, cannot pass through the Citylink Tunnels. Restrictions are detailed in the Road Transport (Dangerous Goods) Act 1995 which apply to all Victorian tunnels. 

Livestock vehicles are also unable to use Citylink tunnels due to both the physical constraints of the tunnel and for animal welfare reasons.

Power Street is an essential detour route when the tunnels are closed due to maintenance work or when an accident has occurred.

How you can help share the road

Sharing the road with a variety of road users is an everyday experience in Southbank and Melbourne as a whole. Learn how to share the road safely by following the safety advice below.

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If you would like more information about this project, please email the project team at [email protected]

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