Light shines on Empire Bay Drive intersection upgrade
26 September 2018
- Pedestrian-controlled traffic lights now switched on at Empire Bay Drive.
- Safe and permanent access for school children and parents with prams walking to and from Kincumber Public School.
- Construction continuing on the intersection upgrade, with a $6.5 million investment in the NSW Budget.
Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch today announced a milestone has been reached as part of the upgrade of the intersection of Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street at Kincumber, with new traffic lights now switched on.
Mr Crouch said the mid-block pedestrian-controlled traffic lights on Empire Bay Drive improve road user safety by replacing the existing refuge between Kincumber Creek and Sundowner Avenue.
“Before the upgrade, pedestrians including school children and parents with prams were forced to cross Empire Bay Drive in parts by getting to the pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road and making their way across during a break in traffic,” Mr Crouch said.
“Parents can now feel safe knowing that using the new pedestrian-controlled traffic lights will allow children to cross this busy road safely.
“The new lights – part of the $20 million project to upgrade the intersection of Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street – will be greatly welcomed by the Kincumber community. A shared pathway on each side of the road will also encourage more active transport in the area.”
Mr Crouch said the upgraded intersection would provide congestion relief for residents in Kincumber, Bensville, Empire Bay and surrounding suburbs.
“$6.5 million was committed by the State Liberal Government in this year’s Budget for construction at this busy intersection,” Mr Crouch said.
“Upgrading the roundabout from one lane to two lanes in each direction will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for the 25,000 road users who travel through it every single day.”
For more information, go to the Empire Bay Drive page.