Elmer’s Island will close for 12 days starting on Aug. 10 as construction activities progress near the public parking area where the access road meets the beach.

According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, construction should be near completion on Aug. 22 and once it passes to the east of the parking area, foot traffic will reopen to the west side of the island. 

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Construction is anticipated to continue on the east side of the island through the fall, the release states.

“We are pleased with the progress being made on this project and are doing all we can to limit the impact to our recreational users and fishermen as construction activities continue,” said Charlie Melancon, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is restoring the beach habitat of the Caminada Headland by transporting sand from Ship Shoal — an underwater sand body located approximately 30 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico — to restore habitat on the barrier shoreline. 

“The Caminada Headlands project is significant in a number of ways: At over $200 million it is the largest restoration project CPRA has implemented to date,” said Johnny Bradberry, CPRA chairman. “By fortifying 13 miles of the headland it will truly make an impact on the landscape, and it is significant because it represents the way that the work put into our Coastal Master Plan is now and will continue to be used to drive the implementation of the most crucial projects for our coast.”