Working under a Master Agreement, TMG renovated more than half a mile of boardwalk trail and observation platforms over wetlands within Huntley Meadows Park.
The project began with the demolition and removal of all of the existing, worn, surface planking and toe rail details. The boards were then replaced with 20,220 SF of slip-resistant decking material, with each plank screwed in place. Pre-cut at the mill, the boards were palletized in 2,000-pound bundles and brought to the site on an 8-foot wide stone dust path for as much as ¾ of a mile. Once the planking had been replaced, the boardwalk was then embellished with 5,920 LF of new toe rail. In addition to the boardwalk, two observation platforms also received an overhaul.
An environmentally friendly project, the replacement boards are made from 100% high-density polyethylene (HDPE), 90% of which comes from recycled milk jugs. Fabricated in Chicago, the boards began life as 965,568 jugs weighing 132,269 pounds. In all, over 92,000 3-inch, stainless steel screws were put in place – an average of one screw per 15.65 seconds throughout the duration of the project.
The project was completed in three phases, with portions of the trail remaining open to the public throughout the course of the work. The work site was cleaned on a daily basis, with extra care taken to avoid debris on the trail or in the water. Despite soaring temperatures in August and monsoon-like downpours in September, the project finished on time and on budget.
Winner of the construction industry’s Harry H. Mellon 2011 Award of Excellence for the Mid-Atlantic Region.