$15M Repair of 1.3-mile gap in Dauphin Island will start soon

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Governor Bob Riley says work is ready to begin on a project to fill in a breach on the west end of Dauphin Island that was created by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Riley said Wednesday work on the $15 million project will begin as soon as it is approved by the Coast Guard.

He said it will take about 80 days to fill in the 1.3 mile gap that did not exist before Hurricane Katrina.

Riley said filling the gap is necessary to protect Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound from the BP oil spill.

He said the project will be paid for with funds provided to the state by BP.

He said the gap provides an opening to allow the oil to spread into some of Alabama's most sensitive estuaries, marshland and oyster beds.

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