Boardwalk builders must have a thorough knowledge of woodworking and construction techniques, as well as an understanding of the unique challenges associated with building in wetland areas. They must also be able to work with a variety of materials, including wood, concrete, and steel. boardwalk builders play an important role in creating safe and accessible pathways through natural areas while also preserving the integrity of the surrounding environment.

It's important to note that boardwalk construction can be a complex process that requires expertise and careful planning. Factors such as environmental impact, accessibility, and maintenance must all be taken into account. It's always a good idea to work with a qualified contractor or engineer who can help ensure that the boardwalk is built to the highest standards of safety and durability.

Boardwalks are wooden walkways built over wetlands, beaches, or other natural areas. They provide a safe and convenient pathway for pedestrians to walk over wet or uneven terrain without damaging the environment. Boardwalks can be constructed using a variety of materials such as wood, composite decking, plastic, concrete, or metal. However, wood is the most commonly used material for boardwalks due to its natural appearance and durability.

Here are the general steps involved in boardwalk construction:

  1. Planning and Design: The first step in constructing a boardwalk is to plan and design it. This involves determining the length, width, and location of the boardwalk, as well as selecting the appropriate materials and construction method.
  2. Site Preparation: The site needs to be prepared before construction can begin. This involves removing any obstacles, clearing vegetation, and leveling the ground.
  3. Foundation: The foundation is critical to the stability and longevity of the boardwalk. The foundation can be constructed using various materials such as concrete, wood pilings, or helical piles. The type of foundation used will depend on the location and terrain of the site.
  4. Framework: The framework is the structural support for the boardwalk. It is typically made of pressure-treated wood or composite materials. The framework is assembled on top of the foundation, and the deck boards are then attached to the framework.
  5. Decking: The decking is the surface of the boardwalk and is usually made of wood planks or composite materials. The decking is attached to the framework using screws or nails.
  6. Railing: The railing is an important safety feature of the boardwalk. It is typically constructed of wood or metal and is attached to the framework using bolts or screws.
  7. Finishing: The final step in constructing a boardwalk is to finish it. This involves sanding and sealing the wood to protect it from the elements.

Overall, boardwalk construction requires careful planning and attention to detail. The process can take several weeks or even months depending on the size and complexity of the project.


Norwell Bike & Pedestrian Path - Norwell, MA


Norwell bike path with elevated boardwalks using Chance helical piers to support foundation through wetlandsSolid Earth Technologies, Inc. was contracted to construct elevated boardwalks throughout a 3,200 foot bike and pedestrian path that ran through wetlands between a Middle School and Norwell High School. The project consisted of approximately 1,500 feet of 8 foot wide boardwalk in three separate sections with the support of AB Chance Helical Pier Foundation Systems.

Turner Loop Reservoir Boardwalk - E. Providence, RI


Turner Loop Reservoir with helical piers to construct boardwalks over wetlandsSolid Earth Technologies, Inc. constructed the 2300 foot long nature trail and river observatory. The trail has five separate elevated boardwalk sections which cross wetlands and swampy areas throughout its path as it begins and ends along the Ten Mile River. The boardwalks are supported by 170 helical piles installed using a combination of handheld equipment and a small excavator.

The Patriot Place - Foxborough, MA


Helical pier construction for boardwalk over bogSolid Earth Technologies, Inc. constructed this 200 ft. long bridge over the cranberry bog behind the Bass Pro Shop at the Patriot Place. It is 8 feet wide and supported by 88 Helical Piers.

Canobie Lake Boardwalk - Salem, NH


Wetland walkways with helical piers for foundation support

Residential Beachfront - Plymouth, MA


Beachfront Boardwalk crossing over marsh with the use of helical piles for foundation supportsHelical piles are very ideal in beach shorelines due to the sandy soils and marshes that make for unstable building conditions. Solid Earth Technologies, Inc. has installed foundation piles for docks, boardwalks, decks and houses along the coast of New England as well as lake fronts.