Jul 11, 2012 10:52 AM by Sharlee Barriere
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Lafourche Parish officials say a restoration project aimed at rebuilding beach and dunes at West Belle Pass on Fourchon beach is nearly halfway done.
Progress has been made despite some damage from Tropical Storm Debby in late June.
Lafourche Parish Coastal Zone Administrator Archie Chaisson (SHA sawn) told The Courier (http://bit.ly/NnzNBL ) that the restoration project was moving along smoothly with 66 percent of the beach and dune recreation finished. Sand fending to prevent erosion is 44 percent complete.
Called the West Belle Pass Headland project, the restoration work aims to rebuild about 8,500 feet of beach and dune with 1.7 million cubic yards of dredged sand. The project also involves building nearly 220 acres of marsh and 93 acres of dunes.
The work was contracted to Weeks Marine dredging company of Cranford, N.J., which is pulling in material from 10 miles offshore to rebuild the beach, Chaisson said.
The project should be completed in December.
Some newly created land was lost to waves and high seas from Tropical Storm Debby in June, he said. But crews will rebuild what was lost.
The project was budgeted at $40 million, Chaisson said, but construction bids for the restoration project came in low at $28.6 million, leaving buffer room to address problems like tropical storms.
"The project is really trucking along, and we're very happy to see it coming," Chaisson said.