Work progressing on proposed Empire Bay Drive at the Scenic Road intersection upgrade
4 September 2017
Planning and design work for the proposed upgrade of Empire Bay Drive at The Scenic Road intersection at Kincumber is continuing with a further $1.5 million being provided this financial year to carry out work on a design for the essential upgrade.
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the NSW Government is progressing planning and environmental assessments for the upgrade which will aim to ease congestion and improve traffic flow for motorists travelling along Empire Bay Drive.
“Empire Bay Drive is a critical link between the suburbs of St Huberts Island, Daleys Point and Empire Bay in the south and Terrigal, Kincumber and Erina in the north,” Mr Crouch said.
“Roads and Maritime Services invited the community to provide feedback on the strategic design in May last year and following further work to address the feedback received, an updated strategic design was displayed in May this year.”
Mr Crouch said more than 70 submissions were received and a community consultation report is now available.
“The main comments received included objections to the connection of Wallan Road to the roundabout at The Scenic Road and Cullens Road, removal of on street parking, property acquisition, impact to local businesses and maintaining a roundabout option at the intersection,” Mr Crouch said.
“Given the feedback from the community, along with aims of the proposal and design requirements, Roads and Maritime will further progress the option to provide an improved two lane roundabout at this location rather than traffic lights. This is the community’s preferred option which they have made abundantly clear to me,” Mr Crouch said.
“While improving traffic flow, an upgraded roundabout would also require less property acquisition, allow a majority of street parking on Cochrone Street and some street parking on The Scenic Road to be retained, retain access to Sundowner Avenue, lessen the impact on local businesses, and allow Wallan Road to stay disconnected from The Scenic Road roundabout.”
Mr Crouch and Roads and Maritime thank the community and stakeholders for their positive feedback to this project, which will help deliver the best outcome for all.
“All comments and feedback provided by the community and stakeholders are carefully considered when preparing the concept design and environmental assessment,” Mr Crouch said.
“Environmental assessments will be carried out for the proposed upgraded roundabout and the review of environmental factors will be available for the community to view and provide feedback in the near future.
“All feedback received will help inform the final design. I’m proud to be part of a Government which listens and responds to community feedback,” Mr Crouch said.
The community and stakeholders will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on an upgraded roundabout option and other proposal aspects with the environmental assessment expected to be displayed for community comment in the coming months.
For the latest information and to view the community consultation report visit the Empire Bay Drive website.