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.
MAR 2020Final stage of night work to start
Work is continuing to be carried out between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.More information
We would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation during the delivery of this intersection upgrade.
We are now moving into the final stage of the project and based on the recent feedback received, we will start the final night work schedule for the project on Sunday 22 March, weather permitting.
Work to be completed along the project area on Empire Bay Drive includes:
- Asphalt resurfacing
- Line marking.
In order to complete the work as efficiently as possible, we will be working between 6pm and 5am Sunday to Friday from Sunday 22 March, for 10 shifts.
We then aim to pause night work for a week to give residents some respite, before restarting night work between 6pm and 5am Sunday to Friday from Sunday 12 April for another 10 shifts.
This schedule will enable us to open the second northbound lane on Empire Bay Drive between Cochrone St and Avoca Drive in early April and complete the intersection upgrade in May, weather permitting.
More information can be found in the March 2020 notification (PDF, 200Kb).
We will continue to work with the community and stakeholders during the final stage of this project to minimise the impact of this work.
Key features of the Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection upgrade
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.
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.
As a result of our continued planning and development of the project, we have updated the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to include more details in the Addendum review of environmental factors.
A submissions report summarising feedback received during the REF display, 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.
March 2020 project notification
Night work on Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Sunday 22 March.
February 2020 project notification
Proposed night work schedule - Empire Bay Drive intersection upgrade.
January 2020 project notification
Night work on Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Tuesday 28 January.
October 2019 project notification
Night work on Empire Bay Drive intersection upgrade at Kincumber from Sunday 20 October.
September 2019 project notification
Temporary closure of Cochrone Street, Kincumber from Friday 27 September 2019.
July 2019 project notification
Night work at Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Sunday 4 August 2019.
June 2019 project notification
Night work at Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Monday 1 July 2019.
April 2019 project notification
Night work at Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Sunday 14 April 2019.
March 2019 project notification
Work on Shipwrights Lane at Kincumber from Tuesday 12 March 2019.
For further information about this project contact:
Phone: 1800 670 016
Mail: Empire Bay Drive at The Scenic Road, Roads and Maritime Central Coast Office, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.