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

We have  worked closely with East Gippsland Shire Council to identify renewal projects. Council has contributed over $1 million to these projects.  This partnership  has enabled works to be delivered at the same time as our improvement works, resulting in less disruption to the Lakes Entrance community; providing a great outcome for all road users.

Council funded the following:

  • 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 - January 2021 

Stage Two of the improvement works between Carpenter Street and Myer Street are complete.

We will ensure that no works will be undertaken from 22 December to allow for the busy summer period, with the next package of upgrades likely to start after Tuesday 26 January 2021.


Planned works

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 Footpath Upgrade

The shopfront footpath upgrade will continue from Carstairs Avenue to Laura Street and the footpath will be upgraded between Myer Street and Stock Street in partnership with Council. It is anticipated that works will be completed by June 2021.

Improvement works between Carstairs Street and Laura Street.

The works include:

  • Widened foreshore space
  • New caravan and boat parking 
  • Upgraded roadway with new asphalt
  • New pedestrian crossing linking the northern bus stop to the foreshore

Jetty Road to Long Street upgrade

The bus stops between Jetty Road and Middle Street will be upgraded with new concrete waiting areas, bus shelters, a pedestrian crossing, improved drainage and new road surface. 

Additional works will include a shared user path connecting Middle Street and Long Street on the south side of the road. 

Works are anticipated to start in February 2021.

Golf Links Road to McCullough Street Shared User Path

With contribution from East Gippsland Shire Council, a new one-kilometre shared user path between Golf Links Road and McCullough Street will connect local residents and tourists to shops, schools, beaches and the newly revitalised town. Works are anticipated to be completed by June 2021.

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 Carstairs Avenue and Carpenter Street
  • Improvement works between Carpenter Street and Myer Street, including:
    • Improved lighting and a new raised safety platform at Myer Street
    • Upgrade of the shopfront footpath and widening by 2 metres
    • Continuation of the foreshore shared path from Carpenter Street to Myer Street
    • Parking and landscaping upgrades. 

 Upgraded Princes Highway and Myer Street intersection with new raised safety platform - Lakes Entrance

Upgraded Princes Highway and Myer Street intersection with new raised safety platform

Carpenter Street traffic signals at intersection

The new pedestrian crossing and pedestrian refuge at Carpenter Street.



Improving 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 – Gippsland Region, 120 Kay Street Traralgon 3844