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Accessible floating boardwalk trails

 

Floating boardwalks can solve waterfront trail problems while improving accessibility. Typical boardwalk trails are supported by piers or posts sunk into the ground. Another type of boardwalk actually floats on the water and is generally used along river banks or across marshes. Sections may be strung together with periodic anchors to bridges or footings. Where water levels are subject to change from tides or flooding, a post and sleeve is used to allow the whole trail to rise and fall. People with disabilities can be accomodated if attention is paid to joints, angles, and connections to land. (Commentary by Stuart Macdonald.)

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