We’re upgrading several sections of the Princes Highway (the Esplanade) in Lakes Entrance to improve safety and accessibility for all road users, and to support local business.

Following feedback from the community and key stakeholders, the improvements will include:

  • Works to revitalise the foreshore, including footpath and lighting upgrades
  • New pedestrian crossing lights to improve accessibility
  • Pavement and drainage improvements to reduce the chance of flooding
  • Intersection upgrades, making them safer for all users

The East Gippsland Shire has contributed over $1 million to these works, helping to deliver a great outcome for the community. 

RRV has worked closely with East Gippsland Shire Council to identify renewal projects to which Council will provide funding. This partnership will enable works to be delivered at the same time as the RRV improvement works and result in less disruption to the Lakes Entrance community.  Council will fund the replacement of the:

  • Foreshore shared path between Carstairs Avenue and Barkes Avenue
  • Shopfront footpath along the Princes Highway (Esplanade) between Carstairs Avenue and Carpenter Street
  • Shopfront footpath along the Princes Highway (Esplanade) between Carpenter Street and Myer Street.

Update - September 2020 

Stage Two of the improvement works between Carpenter Street and Myer Street started in early September 2020. It’s anticipated these works will be completed in December 2020. We will ensure that no works will be undertaken from 19 December to allow for the busy summer period, with the next package of upgrades likely to start in February 2021.

While the works are being undertaken there will be intermittent disruptions to parking and traffic delays. There will also be changes to business access in this area for short periods of time as the works progress.

Please obey road signs to keep you and our team safe. Thank you for your patience as these important works continue.Lakes Entrance Carpenter St Myer St

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 Proposed improvements to Princes Highway artists impression

Artist’s impression of the proposed improvements to Princes Highway between Carpenter Street and Myer Street


  • A safety upgrade to the Myer Street intersection including removal of the slip lane and replacement with a dedicated left-turn lane, and new landscaping. Works will include a raised safety platform, similar to the Barkes Avenue intersection, to improve accessibility for those with mobility issues. The project is anticipated to commence in late 2020.

Image 3_Proposed Myer Street Intersection Upgrade_Artist_s Impression

Artist’s impression of the upgraded Princes Highway-Myer Street intersection


Planned works

Stage Two of the improvement works between Carpenter Street and Myer Street

The works have started and are anticipated to be completed by 19 December 2020. The works include:

  • Upgrade of the shopfront footpath, widening it by at least two metres and landscaping
  • Continuation of the foreshore shared path from Carpenter Street to Myer Street
  • Upgrade of the Myer St intersection to include removal of the slip lane, improved lighting and a safety platform similar to Barkes Avenue 
  • Conversion of the on-road parallel parking to angle parking
  • Enhanced landscaping in the area, including Norfolk Pines on the foreshore
  • Construction of a new carpark behind the shops by East Gippsland Shire Council.

Stage Two of the Foreshore Solar Lighting

Installation of solar lighting is planned for the foreshore path between the Bullock Island roundabout and Myer Street. This will improve the safety and user experience on the foreshore at night. Stage One can be viewed west of the Coast Guard.  Stage Two will be soon rolled out and be completed by June 2021.

Three people walking down lit up street

An example of new lighting  

New Pedestrian Crossings and Bus Stop Upgrades

New pedestrian crossings and improved bus stops at the intersections of the Princes Highway and Stock Street, Whiters Street, Clarkes Road and Middle Street, to make access to the foreshore safer. These will be constructed by June 2021.

Continuation of the Shopfront Footpath Upgrade

The shopfront footpath upgrade will continue to Carstairs Avenue in partnership with council. The footpath will be widened in areas, new landscaping will be undertaken and street furniture added. 

Works completed

  • Kalimna Lookout area, which includes upgraded parking and pedestrian access, bus stops, and improvements to the Hotel Road intersection.
  • Intersection improvements and construction of a service road at Laura Street, along with a new pedestrian crossing to the foreshore.
  • An upgrade to the Barkes Avenue intersection including new pedestrian crossing lights, upgraded bus stops and street lighting, and a safety platform.
  • New pedestrian crossing lights east of Mechanics Street.
  • Foreshore shared path upgrade between Carstairs Avenue and Carpenter Street, including:
    • Installation of solar lighting to the west of the Coast Guard
    • Parking upgrades between Mechanics Street and Barkes Avenue.
  • New pedestrian crossing lights at the Carpenter Street intersection.
  • New caravan and boat parking between Myer Street and Stock Street.
  • Widening and renewal of the shopfront footpath between Barkes Avenue and Carpenter Street.


Before Bulmer Street to Carpenter Street

;Before: Bulmer Street to Carpenter Street

Carpenter Street traffic signals at intersection

The new pedestrian crossing and pedestrian refuge at Carpenter Street.



IImproving safety for all road users by:

  • Improving and increasing pedestrian crossing opportunities
  • Improving parking on-road and in carparks
  • Implementing speed control measures
  • Improving the foreshore path to give recreational cyclists and pedestrians a more enjoyable experience.

Encouraging local business and jobs by:

  • Widening footpaths to increase walk-by trade and enabling al fresco dining and street stalls
  • Enhancing the look and feel of the town to encourage tourists to visit
  • Improving ease of access between the foreshore and businesses

Get in touch

For more information about this project
Email: gippslandprojects@roads.vic.gov.au
Write: Regional Roads Victoria – Eastern Region, 120 Kay Street Traralgon 3844