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

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and the concept design for the project has been finalised.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for providing feedback on the proposal. A total of 29 submissions were received during the public display, 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 (PDF, 3.19Mb) summarising feedback received, our responses and details of changes to the design and REF made after community feedback, can now be viewed or downloaded. The May 2018 project update (PDF, 49.5Kb), distributed to the community, can also be downloaded for more information.

Field investigations

We are continuing to plan the intersection upgrade and will carry out further investigations in the week commencing Monday 28 May 2018.

The investigations will be carried out in three day shifts, We will be working between 7am and 5pm, weather permitting.

For more information about the field investigations please download the May 2018 project notification (PDF, 39.5Kb).

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 $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

We will continue to work with key stakeholders and the community as the project progresses into construction. Early construction work including new footpaths, drainage and installing pedestrian controlled traffic lights is expected to start in mid-2018.

Share this page: