Cathedral Avenue - Sanford Street Roundabout

The Cathedral Avenue and Sanford Street intersection, one of the busiest in the CBD, will be transformed into a roundabout to improve traffic safety and the general flow of traffic in the area in alignment with CBD revitalisation plans. Read more here

Over the years traffic congestion has steadily increased along Cathedral Avenue in the vicinity of the schools with almost 9,000 vehicles traveling through the intersection every day. Peak hour traffic, which happens around school pick-up and drop-off times, sees over 800 vehicles between 8-9am and nearly 1000 vehicles from 3-4pm traveling through the intersection.

Converting the intersection to a roundabout will enable drivers entering or exiting Cathedral Avenue at the intersection to do so in a quicker and safer way and provide pedestrians with a safer way to cross the road.

Cathedral Avenue Sanford Street Intersection

IMAGE: Early morning traffic congestion at the intersection of Cathedral Avenue and Sandford Street.

Project Works

In the 2019/2020 financial year, the concept design was developed and the detailed design is currently being finalised.  Construction of the roundabout, which includes utility services relocations and the removal of one tree will be undertaken in the 2020/21 financial year.

Although the City’s preference is to maintain and keep street trees where they are, the removal of the tree on the north east corner (City Civic Centre side) of the intersection is necessary to improve traffic safety at the intersection including safe intersection sight distance, pedestrian connectivity and to improve the general traffic operation of the intersection. 

The City is currently investigating options to offset the removal of the trees and has included the planting of street trees throughout the CBD as part of the revitalisation of the area. Check out the City Centre Revitalisation 3D fly through video here

The construction of the roundabout is expected to be completed in 2021.

Cathedral Avenue Sanford Street roundabout design

IMAGE: Cathedral Avenue and Sanford Street Roundabout Design

Project Funding

The estimated $1.27 million project is 100% funded by the Federal Government Black Spot funding program.

Federal Government Black Spot Sign