Empire Bay Drive at The Scenic Road, Kincumber intersection upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the intersection of Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street. The project 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

Work is continuing to be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting. Parking restrictions will be in place along Cochrone Street between Empire Bay Drive and Hawke Street from Monday 22 October until early November while stormwater drainage work is carried out.

We have included a map showing the work area, parking restrictions and alternative parking in the October 2018 project notification (PDF 340Kb). Night work will also be carried out from Sunday 28 October, weather permitting, to locate underground utilities through the roundabout. We will be working between 6pm and 5am and expect to complete this work in five nights.

Lane closures and traffic control will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times.

A 40km/h speed limit is in place 24 hours, seven days a week for the safety of workers and motorists.

Key features of the Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection upgrade
Key features of the Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection upgrade

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 allocated $6.5 million in 2018/19 for the start of work.

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.

Review of Environmental Factors

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and the concept design were displayed for community feedback in March and April 2018.

A total of 29 submissions were received, including one in support of the proposal, two opposed to the proposal and the remaining 26 submissions providing feedback or suggestions on one or more elements of the design.

A submissions report summarising feedback received, our responses and details of changes to the design and REF made after community feedback. More information is also available in the May 2018 project update.

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