Empire Bay Drive roundabout

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.

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SEP 2019

SEP 2019Works continuing

Work is continuing to be carried out between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays, weather permitting.

In order to progress the work, residents and motorists are advised that Cochrone Street will be closed near the Empire Bay Drive roundabout between 6pm on Friday 27 September and 5am on Monday 30 September. Please view the latest project update for a map which shows the location of the closure.

The closure is required to safely connect the relocated sewer main to the existing sewer main, which is located deep down in the middle of Cochrone Street.

Work to be carried out includes:

  • Installing safety barriers and signs near the Empire Bay Drive intersection
  • Installing a new sewer man hole and pipes in Cochrone Street near the intersection of Empire Bay Drive
  • Repairing the road surface and removing safety barriers to reopen Cochrone Street on Monday morning.

To complete the work in the shortest amount of time and to minimise disruption to the community, work will be carried out day and night between 6pm on Friday 27 to 6pm on Saturday 28 September and 8am on Sunday 29 September to 5am on Monday 30 September, weather permitting.

More information in the September 2019 notification (PDF, 232Kb).

A permanent 40 km/h reduced speed limit remains in place for the safety of motorists and workers.

Key features map

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

Project information

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.

Project documents

Project notifications

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September 2019 project notification

Temporary closure of Cochrone Street, Kincumber from Friday 27 September 2019.

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July 2019 project notification

Night work at Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Sunday 4 August 2019.

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June 2019 project notification

Night work at Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Monday 1 July 2019.

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April 2019 project notification

Night work at Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road intersection, Kincumber from Sunday 14 April 2019.

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March 2019 project notification

Work on Shipwrights Lane at Kincumber from Tuesday 12 March 2019.

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Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 670 016

Email: coast.office@rms.nsw.gov.au

Mail: Empire Bay Drive at The Scenic Road, Roads and Maritime Central Coast Office, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.

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