The chairman of the Lafourche Beachfront Development Commission confirmed Friday that Fourchon Beach is closed while contractors haul in 8 million cubic yards of sand.

Ricky Cheramie, the LBDC chair, said there is no time frame yet for the completion of the project that attempts to repair the 13 miles of beaches between state-owned Elmer’s Island west to Belle Pass.

Access to Fourchon Beach has been restricted for nearly 10 years. The main access point to the area from Fourchon Road is across lands owned by the Wisner and Caillouet families and the south Louisiana-based Wisner Donation and the Caillouet Land Co., both of which have denied passing through these areas to reach what’s considered to be state-owned beach areas.

State Wildlife and Fisheries department officials confirmed Friday that the Elmer’s Island area is open for recreational activities during mostly daylight hours.