Using PermaTrak for an Elevated Boardwalk, Observation Deck, or Pier

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 22, 2015

Designers often ask if PermaTrak can be used for an elevated boardwalk, observation deck, or fishing pier above the water. You may be thinking since a concrete boardwalk is heavier than timber or composite decking, you would be prohibited from elevating a PermaTrak boardwalk. President Jason Philbin, P.E. answers this commonly asked question and discusses design criteria for elevated boardwalks in the video below. 

 Key Takeaways:

  • Yes, PermaTrak's concrete boardwalk system can be used for elevated applications as long as the foundation system is considered and you have something that will structurally withstand the lateral loads that are applied to the boardwalk.
  • For low lying boardwalks, a PermaTrak precast pier foundation system may be utilized.
  • In elevated conditions, a driven pile or Sonotube formed columns may be used as the foundation for the boardwalk.
  • For very tall conditions, diagonal cross-bracing will be required structurally no matter what material is placed on top of the boardwalk.
  • PermaTrak has been used in observation platforms, piers, kayak launchpads, etc.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Concrete Boardwalk Questions