SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) — El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara County will soon close for at least a year for construction work.

The beach — popular for camping, fishing and surfing – is scheduled to shut down for about one year starting on Sept.1, 2021. The closure will allow for the construction of a new entrance road, bridge, kiosk and trail.

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Reservations for El Capitan State Beach’s camping facilities had just reopened on April 1. The timing gives frequent visitors just a few months to enjoy the beach, but park officials say that such a project can take years to plan and fund, and construction during the pandemic likely would have been more difficult due to the intermittent supplies of construction materials.

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However, the construction should improve the beach’s facilities – the work will widen the entrance road to the beach, make trails ADA compliant, improve the bridge to allow better fish passage and make the kiosk more efficient when admitting visitors to the park.

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