Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street intersection upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to upgrade the intersection to ease congestion and improve traffic flow. The proposal involves installing traffic lights and road widening to provide additional lanes at the intersection.

Updates and announcements

Comments on the strategic design for the Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrane Street intersection upgrade closed on Friday 19 May 2017.

Roads and Maritime will consider the feedback received when preparing the concept design. A community consultation report, summarising the comments received, is currently being prepared and will be published in coming months.

For more information view or download the April 2017 Project notification (PDF, 508 Kb).

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 has provided $1.5 million funding in 2016/17 to continue planning for the proposal to ease congestion and improve traffic flow at this location.

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.

Key features

The work will include provision of a traffic light controlled intersection with:

  • Two through lanes in both directions on Empire Bay Drive
  • Dedicated right turning lanes from Empire Bay Drive onto The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street
  • A dedicated left turning lane from Empire Bay Drive onto The Scenic Road
  • Two dedicated right turning lanes from The Scenic Road onto Empire Bay Drive
  • A right turning lane from Cochrane Street onto Empire Bay Drive
  • Traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings on all legs of the intersection. The adjoining footpaths near the intersection on The Scenic Road and Empire Bay Drive will be re-built as part of the project
  • Shipwrights Lane to be left in and left out only
  • Provision of on-road cycle facilities
  • Shared pathway along Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street.

Next steps

Upcoming planning activities include:

  • Develop a concept design
  • Prepare the environmental assessment
  • Community and stakeholder consultation.
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