May 30, 2012 7:50 AM by AP
AMITE, La. (AP) - Construction of a $5.9 million stone breakwater to help halt coastal erosion in the Pass Manchac area could begin as early as August.
The Advocate reports the Tangipahoa Parish Council received a report Tuesday that outlined plans and a timetable for the coastal barrier.
Public works director Maurice Jordan says the project is being funded through the federal Coastal Impact Assistance Program managed by the U.S. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Jordan said HDR Engineering of Houston has completed a plan that calls for building the stone breakwater from the mouth of the Tangipahoa River westward toward Pass Manchac.
He says the breakwater's length will be about 10,000 feet while the wall's length will be determined by how much stone and labor can be obtained with the grant money.