POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:34am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:35am
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA — The state has awarded a $46.5 million dredging contract which will restore barrier shoreline on Scofield Island in Plaquemines Parish. The island has severe erosion and a breach which was caused by Hurricane Lily in 2002.
Sand will be used from the Mississippi River to restore the shoreline dune system and create a back barrier marsh area. Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in 2013.
The state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which awarded the contract, also awarded another contract for $43 million to restore Pelican Island in the same area.