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Boardwalk Construction Estimates: How Much Does a Boardwalk Cost?

Posted by Carrie Parada on October 18, 2017

Commercial Boardwalk Cost Estimates: PermaTrak 

The most popular questions we receive during trade shows, lunch presentations or an individual meeting are:  “How much does this boardwalk system cost?” and “What is a rough boardwalk cost estimate per linear foot?”

This article will share preliminary information related to boardwalk construction costs. We hope this information will be helpful as you compare the cost of a wood/timber boardwalk vs. the cost of a precast concrete boardwalk like PermaTrak. 

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Boardwalk Cost

Pedestrian Bridges at Quarry Park - Winston-Salem, NC

Posted by Jason Philbin on September 27, 2017

Pedestrian Bridges at Quarry Park - Winston-Salem, NC

PermaTrak is pleased to announce that two pedestrian bridges have been installed at Quarry Park, located in Winston-Salem, NC. The park opened in August 2017 and covers 225 acres.

A 40-foot PermaTrak bridge connects visitors to a nearby residential area, and across the park, a 50-foot bridge goes through an oak forest. Park visitors can traverse the 1.25-mile Waughtown Connector Greenway, which connects the Quarry Park trail with existing Winston-Salem greenways.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Construction

Pedestrian Bridge Design: Truss Bridge or Boardwalk System?

Posted by Carrie Parada on September 19, 2017

Choosing a Truss Bridge vs. Boardwalk System for Your Pedestrian Bridge Project

When designing a pedestrian bridge that crosses a wetland, creek, or stream, designers are faced with a choice—should you specify a truss bridge or a boardwalk system? Taking it one step further, what if the section of the trail you’re designing for is located in a remote area? I heard this question from a designer recently and thought I’d summarize my thoughts here…

First, it’s important to keep in mind that there are applications best suited for truss bridges, and there are applications best suited for boardwalk systems. Especially when it comes to pedestrian bridge design, there is no shortage of options for the engineer or landscape architect of record.

Hopefully what I’m sharing below helps you find the best solution for your project.

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Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways, Boardwalk Design

PermaTrak Boardwalk and Observation Deck at Mercy Park – Joplin, MO

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 9, 2017

PermaTrak Boardwalk and Observation Deck at Mercy Park – Joplin, MO

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

Featured Designer: Patrick Ptomey

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on August 2, 2017

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges, and accomplishments.

This month’s featured designer is Patrick Ptomey from MESA Design Group in their Dallas, TX office. Patrick is a landscape designer who works on a full range of projects, from senior living, to campus planning, parks, commercial development, and more.

We talked with Patrick about planning inclusive playgrounds, critical steps and challenges in the design process, and the importance of taking the initiative to collaborate and gain experience in the world of landscape design.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Envision Composite Decking vs. PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk: Product Comparison

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 25, 2017

Landscape architects and engineers are faced with multiple options when it comes to selecting the best material for their design projects.

Today, we’re going to take a look at TAMKO’s line of composite decking, called Envision.

Generally speaking, homeowners and deck builders, as well as some landscape architects, are familiar with Evergrain decking. Evergrain decking is one of four products under the TAMKO Envision decking products line we’ll discuss below.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Erie Canal Towpath Pedestrian Bridge – Clifton Park, NY

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 18, 2017

Erie Canal Towpath Pedestrian Bridge – Clifton Park, NY 

PermaTrak is excited to announce that a 13 ft.9 in. wide, 140 ft. long elevated PermaTrak pedestrian bridge sitting above the historic Erie Canal is complete. 

Linking up with the original Erie Canal Towpath built in the 1820’s, the PermaTrak pedestrian bridge spans a breach in the towpath. It lies just over Wagers Pond, which connect to the Mohawk River - the largest tributary to the Hudson River. 

Trail enthusiasts can now enjoy the connection between two New York towns - eastern Clifton Park and western Halfmoon (about 20 minutes north of Albany).

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction

Featured Designer: Jonathan Campbell

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on July 6, 2017

The PermaTrak featured designer article series showcases top performing landscape architects and engineers who discuss their design perspective, current projects, challenges, and accomplishments.

This month’s featured designer is Jonathan Campbell from Kimley-Horn in their Frisco, TX office. Jonathan is a landscape architect who works on a full range of projects, from single-family to commercial.

We talked with Jonathan about how he approaches design, tips for being successful in the landscape architecture world, the Windsong Ranch project, and more.

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

2014 Fire at Flight 93 Memorial - Combustible Decking Materials

Posted by Carrie Parada on June 28, 2017

There is a huge range of materials up for consideration when selecting a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge product, and a host of factors can influence the decision on what type of material to use—aesthetic appeal, longevity, and cost are among a few. An often overlooked factor that should be at the forefront of decision-makers’ minds is combustibility.

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials

Using PermaTrak Wedge Panels for Boardwalks with Sharp Turns or Curves

Posted by Jason Philbin on June 20, 2017

Using PermaTrak Wedge Panels for Boardwalks with Sharp Turns or Curves


If you’re considering designing a boardwalk or elevated trail with curves or sharp turns, you might be concerned about cost, design limitations, or engineering roadblocks.

Not only is PermaTrak an excellent option for your boardwalk due to its durability and lack of required maintenance, but PermaTrak concrete boardwalks are also versatile in terms of horizontal alignment changes.

Generally speaking, curves, sharp turns or sweeping radii become more common on longer elevated trail or boardwalk segments. This could be a result of designers taking what the site gives them, it could be driven by user experience, or a combination of both. As one example: who wants to run or bike down a perfectly straight boardwalk for miles on end? Even just a simple, gradual curve can break up the monotony and improve the user’s experience.

Here are some common questions that come up from designers looking to specify a boardwalk with curves, sharp turns or radii:

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Topics: Boardwalk Design

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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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