PermaTrak Project Profiles: Concrete Boardwalks and Pedestrian Bridges

Since its introduction to the US and Canada in 2010, landscape architects and engineers have designed commercial projects using the PermaTrak concrete boardwalk system for various types of applications: fishing piers, urban walkways over sensitive tree roots, pedestrian bridges, elevated greenways, wetland boardwalks and more. The project profiles below share specific boardwalk design and construction challenges. Enjoy!

Elliott Way Boardwalk PermaTrak Concrete Boardwalk Project

A cantilevered 351-ft. PermaTrak concrete boardwalk system provides an extended walking surface for pedestrians along a busy road.

Tags: Boardwalks, New York

Concrete Boardwalks at Josey Lake Park

A three-mile walkway with ten boardwalks was designed to wind around portions of Josey Lake in Cypress, TX, connecting various trails and recreational areas for community residents.

Tags: Texas, Lakes & Lagoons

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Extension

A Connecticut DOT-designed project featuring roughly 854 total feet of boardwalk surface that is rated for H-15 (30,000 lb.) vehicles.

Tags: Connecticut, Boardwalks

Barr Hammock Preserve

Two concrete boardwalks meander through the Barr Hammock Preserve in Micanopy, FL. The 5,700-acre preserve contains 6.8 miles of natural trails built on an expansive levee system.

Tags: Florida, Boardwalks


Light Farms Pedestrian Bridges

Two pedestrian bridges have been installed at the upscale Light Farms master-planned community in northern Texas, giving residents better access to the community’s impressive amenities.

Tags: Texas, Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges

Flat Branch Nature Preserve

Two PermaTrak boardwalks (323 LF and 44 LF walkways) through wetlands and heavily wooded areas. The preserve also includes observation decks that can serve as outdoor classroom spaces.

Tags: North Carolina, Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges

Campbell Creek Greenway Extension

The Campbell Creek Greenway is the latest connection to Mecklenburg County’s McAlpine Park Greenway network, increasing the overall trail length to just over five miles.

Tags: North Carolina, Boardwalks

Smith and Sanford Creek Greenway Pedestrian Bridges

The Town of Wake Forest, NC, has been gradually expanding its greenway system over the last 20 years.

Tags: North Carolina, Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges

Halls Bayou Trail

Halls Bayou in Houston, TX is a densely wooded enhanced flood drainage canal collecting storm water that eventually joins up with Greens Bayou.

Tags: Texas, Wetlands & Floodplain


SIU Carbondale Campus Lake Pedestrian Bridges

Campus Lake at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, (SIU) a 43-acre lake set amongst woodlands, is a popular route for students to get to class.

Tags: Illinois, Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges

Upper Bee Branch Creek Channel, Streets, and Utilities

The City of Dubuque, Iowa undertook a large scale channel realignment project in 2015, which called for flood mitigation and urban park development.

Tags: Boardwalks, Iowa

City of Sarnia Riverfront Boardwalk

In 2014, a nearly 1,200-foot long timber pedestrian promenade in Ontario’s City of Sarnia was nearing the end of its life.

Tags: Canada, Boardwalks

Logan Lake Boardwalk at Adams Park

The Atlanta community wanted to experience Logan Lake in Adams Park from a different vantage point – with a walking path through the middle of the lake.

Tags: Georgia, Lakes & Lagoons

Quarry Park Pedestrian Bridges

In 1998, a 225-acre property featuring an abandoned granite quarry was donated to the City of Winston-Salem.

Tags: North Carolina, Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges

Clabber Creek Trail Extension

In Fayetteville, AR, the proposed route for a 0.75-mile extension of Clabber Creek Trail brought the trail through some of the city’s flood-prone wetlands.

Tags: Arkansas, Wetlands & Floodplain

Rotary Trail Pedestrian Crossings

As part of its 100-year anniversary, the Birmingham, AL Rotary Club provided $3.5 million dollars to build a trail to connect Railroad Park to the Sloss Furnaces.

Tags: Alabama, Stream Crossings & Pedestrian Bridges

Norwottuck Branch Rail Trail Boardwalk

The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an 11-mile path that links several towns along the former Boston & Maine Railway.

Tags: Massachusetts, Boardwalks


Camp Creek Greenway Trail

In Lilburn, GA, a nine-year-old wooden boardwalk above a marshy floodplain was facing significant deterioration due to rotting and general wear and tear.

Tags: Georgia, Wetlands & Floodplain

Beech Road Boardwalk

In New Albany, OH, engineers with EP Ferris and Associates were working to widen the shoulder along Beech Road to provide safe access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Tags: Ohio, Boardwalks

Lower McApline Creek Greenway

Located in a floodplain, Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway in Charlotte, N.C. experienced several storm events that caused debris to build up under a truss bridge.

Tags: North Carolina, Wetlands & Floodplain

Upper Tampa Bay Trail

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is a walking, biking, and cycling trail in Florida. The trail enhancement project required several segments through wetland areas.

Tags: Florida, Boardwalks

White Rock Creek Trail

The White Rock Creek Trail is a 7.6 mile linear trail heavily used thoroughfare by walkers, runners, and cyclists.

Tags: Texas, Boardwalks


Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Boardwalk

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia is one of the most-visited wildlife refuges in the United States.

Tags: Virginia, Wetlands & Floodplain

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center Observation Piers

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, set on Sarasota’s picturesque bay front attracts locals and tourists to enjoy music, dance, theater, and comedy.

Tags: Florida, Coastal

White Oak Greenway Underpass at NC Turnpike

The White Oak Creek Greenway had a section removed due to I-540 construction. The Town of Cary needed to rebuild this segment to maintain trail functionality.

Tags: North Carolina, Boardwalks

Jupiter Inlet

Jupiter Beach Park sits on the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Palm Beach County, FL, featuring a large jetty where inlet fishing is available 24 hours a day.

Tags: Florida, Coastal