Whether you fish every weekend or just occasionally, you know that not all fishing piers are created equal. Sometimes visiting an observation or fishing pier can less than ideal with unstable pile supports (see picture below) or cracking boards providing sharp wood slivers. The pier may also have a slippery surface after it rains or a hot and unforgiving railing to sit or lean against.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an 11-mile multi-use trail in Massachusetts that links Northampton, Amherst and Hadley and extends from Northampton to Belchertown. Originally a part of the Boston & Main Railroad, built by the Central Massachusetts Railroad Company in 1887, the Norwottuck Rail Trail has proven itself an excellent recreational path for cyclists, pedestrians, wheelchairs, skaters and joggers of all ages since its opening in 1992.
Heavy Boardwalk Components, Heavy Equipment?
Architects, engineers and city/county project managers are often concerned that installing a concrete boardwalk will require a crane or some other heavy lifting equipment. And for good reason- cranes can be expensive and they require a large footprint on the project site.
Topics: Boardwalk Construction
Brooklyn’s iconic Coney Island Boardwalk was the center of controversy last year as a group of advocates fought the city’s plans to replace sections of the famous boardwalk with plastic or composite wood decking, along with sections of concrete.
Designers and owners who research boardwalk materials and boardwalk construction methods will find that PermaTrak is a fairly new product, and the precast concrete components are significantly heavier than wood or composite boardwalk materials. Does this mean installing contractors must be recommended by PermaTrak or “pre-certified” to install the boardwalk system? Absolutely not!
Boardwalk decks are designed for exterior use, constantly exposed to the reality of harsh weather and the effects of nature. Most public walkways and trail systems require annual maintenance to continue to look nice, function correctly and remain safe. What maintenance is required for a concrete boardwalk?
Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance
Both questions and their answers should be discussed in the concept phase of the design. Wetlands can be protected during the construction phase by designing the boardwalk to be installed from above, otherwise known as “top down construction.”
Oftentimes while presenting the PermaTrak system to a new audience, I’m asked about best practices used during the design process for pedestrian bridges.
Pedestrian bridges are typically built to allow people to cross a space, water, or a physical geographic feature. While designing a pedestrian bridge, there are 7 simple considerations that will have a major impact on the long-term success of your project.
Topics: Boardwalk Design
For most of us our early experiences with bicycles involved mom or dad running alongside of us as we pedaled fast and tried to stay upright.
Down the concrete sidewalk we went, across driveways while dodging anything in our way. Eventually we got the hang of it and jumped on bikes without a second thought, a very normal and fun event.
Topics: Multi Use Trails and Greenways
Several factors guide the decision process for selecting a boardwalk foundation style. The designer can calculate the dead load of a timber or composite structure. For a precast concrete boardwalk, PermaTrak is able to calculate dead load and forward to the designer. The live load should be the same regardless of the type of boardwalk specified, timber or precast concrete.