Denmark’s Mt Shadforth Road set for much needed repair after August storm damage

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Significant damage to Mt Shadforth Road.
Camera IconSignificant damage to Mt Shadforth Road. Credit: Shire of Denmark/Shire of Denmark

Mt Shadforth Road in Denmark will obtain financial assistance for extensive road repairs after a storm in August, which caused an estimated $1m damage across the town.

The storm event that damaged the road has been proclaimed an eligible disaster under the State Government’s Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements WA.

The south coast of WA experienced storms resulting in severe weather and record-breaking rainfall over 48 hours on August 3 and 4.

Heavy rains and strong winds caused more than 4300 properties to go without power and there were more than 30 calls for assistance after flooding in the Shire of Denmark and the City of Albany. The restoration works will be funded by DRFAWA, which means Denmark ratepayers will not be exposed to financial costs associated with the storm.

Shire of Denmark assets and sustainable development director David King said minor works, including resheeting gravel roads and drain clearing, would be completed in the 2020-21 financial year.

“However, more significant failures, including the landslide on Mt Shadforth Road, involve detailed design, specialist contractor skills and tender processes and is therefore likely be constructed in the 2021-22 financial year,” he said.

“Unfortunately, this means the traffic signals on Mt Shadforth Road will be in place for at least 12 months.”

The Shire is asking residents to be patient and adhere to the traffic signals on the road.

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