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What Should You Consider Before Designing Your Next Wetland Boardwalk?

Posted by Jason Philbin on February 20, 2020

If you’re working on a trail project in a wetland area, you have two options for your design: reroute the trail for a longer path or go through the wetland with a boardwalk. Wetland boardwalks can be tricky, especially with permitting restrictions and environmental factors to examine. Here are four topics to consider before you design your next wetland boardwalk project.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Wetland Boardwalks

New Jersey Proposes New Funding Source for Boardwalks

Posted by Jason Philbin on January 15, 2020

New Jersey recently proposed a measure that could greatly affect how boardwalks are maintained and funded in the state. In this measure, state legislators proposed that boardwalks should be included in New Jersey’s definition of “public highways” so that state highway funding could be used to develop and maintain boardwalk projects.

Boardwalk mileage would also be added to the state’s funding formula, allocating $400,000 a year for construction, repairs and maintenance. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, News

Can I Design a PermaTrak Boardwalk With a Cantilever?

Posted by Jason Philbin on December 12, 2019

Cantilevers are worked into the design of a boardwalk system when the landscape architect, civil engineer, or owner wants to get the end user closer to something, such as a scenic view, a body of water, or a point of interest. There are two main directions in which to cantilever a boardwalk towards this point of interest, from the front or from the side.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Joseph Wilkins Joins PermaTrak as National Contract Manufacturing Manager

Posted by Jason Philbin on November 20, 2019

Our team continues to grow with the exciting addition of Joseph Wilkins, who recently joined PermaTrak as our National Contract Manufacturing Manager. In his role, Joseph will be working closely with our manufacturing partners to promote consistency and efficiency with the production of our concrete boardwalk product.

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Boardwalk Fire Resistance Ratings: How Owners Can Avoid Disaster

Posted by Stephen Beach on September 26, 2019

In 2008, a bushfire started near Comet Bay College in Western Australia, engulfing a vegetation reserve that includes a PermaTrak boardwalk. Visitors were shocked to see that the boardwalk was still functional, and did not look to have been damaged in the least. It’s exciting to show people hard evidence that our PermaTrak system will stand up to fires better than any other boardwalk material option. It makes for that “wow!” moment and usually a couple of laughs of astonishment.

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

From Trail to Boardwalk: Five Types of Transitions

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 29, 2019

Like any commercial boardwalk or pedestrian bridge, each PermaTrak project uses abutments to transition to another surface at the beginning and end of the structure.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

PermaTrak Selected for Cross Charlotte Trail Extension Project

Posted by Jason Philbin on May 29, 2019

We’re excited to announce that PermaTrak was recently selected to be a part of the South Charlotte Connector project in Charlotte, NC. This project will extend the Cross Charlotte Trail 1.2 miles to connect with the McMullen/McAlpine/Four Mile Creek Greenway system. PermaTrak will partner with designer Kimley-Horn and the City of Charlotte to design two boardwalk crossings for this new section of trail in Mecklenburg County. OnSite Construction will serve as the contractor for the project.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, News

PermaTrak Welcomes Matthew Hefner as CAD Designer

Posted by Aoife Kavanagh on May 28, 2019

We’re excited to announce that Matthew Hefner has joined the PermaTrak team as a CAD Designer.

Matthew comes to PermaTrak with experience in a wide range of projects, from homes and schools to coal, gas, and nuclear power plants. He previously worked as a CAD Designer at Shaw Group, CB&I, and Fluor, and most recently, served as a Senior CAD Designer with Terracon.

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Topics: News

Public Grant Funding: How Do You Engage with the Public?

Posted by Jason Philbin on April 3, 2019

When it comes to public trails, parks or greenway projects, it’s important that the community is engaged and excited about the work you are doing. The best way to do this is to reach out and get them involved whenever possible.

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Topics: Concrete Boardwalk Questions

Public Grant Funding: How Do You Maximize Dollars for Public Projects?

Posted by Jason Philbin on March 20, 2019

While securing grant funding is often a key step in turning a public project vision into reality, the process for earning a grant can be complicated.

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Topics: Concrete Boardwalk Questions

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About This Boardwalk Blog

The PermaTrak boardwalk blog articles are written for landscape architects, engineers, and agency or municipality professionals.

We aim to provide educational resources for designing and building boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, trail and greenway systems. 

By reading our weekly posts, you will deepen your understanding of boardwalk design, cost estimates, and construction practices. 

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