Empire Bay Drive The Scenic Road & Cochrone Street


Project overview

Transport for NSW 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.

Latest news

Jul 2020 - Project complete

The upgraded intersection of Empire Bay Drive and The Scenic Road at Kincumber was completed in May 2020.

Transport for NSW wish to thank the community, nearby residents and motorists for their patience and support during the work.


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.

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

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

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Project notifications

Media releases

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 670 016

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

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