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.