With the flick of a switch, work to relocate all utilities at the Empire Bay Drive intersection upgrade at Kincumber is now complete.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the completion of all underground work signaled the start of the project’s final stage.
“On Tuesday the final power outage took place, followed by the permanent connection of a new high voltage electricity supply to the surrounding area,” Mr Crouch said.
“This completes all utility relocation as part of this intersection upgrade, which involved electricity, water, sewer, gas and telecommunications services being moved in what was a challenging exercise.”
Mr Crouch said Empire Bay Drive is a pinch point for 25,000 motorists every day.
“In the past we’ve seen traffic build up for as far as five kilometres during morning and afternoon peak hours along Empire Bay Drive,” Mr Crouch said.
“There has already been a significant reduction in queuing since the upgrade began and I know everyone in the Kincumber community is looking forward to the final stage of work getting done.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the project would now move into the final stage, which will see construction of the new lane on the north-western side of the roundabout.
“The NSW Government has committed $20 million to improve traffic flow through this busy intersection,” Mr Toole said.
“Remaining work will include building a new lane, laying a new road surface, stormwater drains, footpaths, and kerb and guttering.”
Transport for NSW has worked closely with Central Coast Council and utility providers to ensure all work was carried out as efficiently as possible with minimal to no disruption of these services to the community.