Empire Bay Drive at The Scenic Road, Kincumber intersection upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to upgrade the intersection of Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street. The proposal aims to reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow and travel times for the 25,000 motorists travelling along Empire Bay Drive between Kerta Road and Avoca Drive each day.

Updates and announcements

Review of Environmental Factors

Residents will now have a chance to comment on the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and the concept design for the project.

The REF outlines the key features of the proposal, the key objectives and the options considered by Roads and Maritime along with the proposal’s environmental impact.

The REF and concept design will be on display between Monday 19 March and Friday 13 April 2018 at Central Coast Council’s Gosford office and the Kincumber Library.

An information session will also be held between 5pm and 8pm at the Kincumber Village Shopping Centre on Thursday 5 April.

For more information please view or download the REF documents and latest community update.

Environmental investigations

Roads and Maritime will carry out environmental investigations from Monday 16 October to Friday 27 October 2017 to continue planning for the proposed roundabout upgrade.

We will carry out investigations in bushland at the site of the former mineral sands processing centre at the corner of Empire Bay Drive and Cochrone Street, Kincumber.

Please view or download the October 2017 notification (PDF, 115Kb).

Community Consultation Report

Roads and Maritime has prepared a Community Consultation Report (PDF, 1.26Mb) based on the community consultation held in April and May 2017, for the proposed intersection upgrade at Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street.

Outcomes from the consultation

After considering all responses, along with the proposals aims and design requirements, Roads and Maritime will further investigate options to provide an improved roundabout at this location.

More information is available in the August Project Update (PDF, 1.38Mb).

View or download the August 2017 Community Consultation Report (PDF, 1.26Mb).

Project background

Empire Bay Drive is a critical link between the Central Coast suburbs of Woy Woy, Ettalong and Umina in the south and Terrigal, Kincumber and Erina in the north.

Empire Bay Drive is currently one lane in each direction and is a pinch point for the 25,000 motorists travelling each day between Kerta Road and Avoca Drive at Kincumber.

The existing roundabout at Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street has one circulating lane. During peak hours, motorists are required to wait for long periods at the roundabout which has a substantial impact on traffic flow.

The NSW Government is providing $1.5 million in 2017/18 for planning and design of a proposed roundabout upgrade at this intersection.

Project objectives

The project aims to:

  • Improve and provide consistent travel times, whilst reducing congestion along Empire Bay Drive
  • Support economic growth and productivity by providing road capacity for current and projected traffic volumes
  • Encourage active transport by providing appropriate facilities for walking and cycling
  • Reduce queuing on Empire Bay Drive that extends onto Avoca Drive
  • Improve motorist safety
  • Provide safer pedestrian and cyclist facilities near the intersection.

Next steps

After considering all responses to recent community consultation, along with the proposal’s aims and design requirements, Roads and Maritime will further investigate options to provide an improved roundabout at this location, rather than traffic lights.

It is expected a roundabout design will address the majority of community concerns but it is important Roads and Maritime confirms that satisfactory traffic improvements can be achieved with this option. An advantage of further investigating a roundabout solution will be that this approach would not require any further consideration of connecting Wallan Road to the roundabout at Cullens Road and The Scenic Road. These issues were key concerns raised by the community in relation to the proposed project.

A possible option for an upgraded roundabout design is featured in the August Project Update.

The opportunity to provide feedback on the revised preferred option will be available in early 2018 when the environmental assessment is displayed for community comment.

We will continue to keep the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses.

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