On Feb. 19, the City of Lilburn completed upgrades to its Camp Creek Greenway Trail, including a bridge design that is new to Georgia.
The greenway was first constructed in 2007 along Camp Creek in Lilburn City Park. It now stretches a total of 4.2 miles between Killian Hill Road and Rockbridge Road. Because the greenway was built in floodplain, seven boardwalks elevate walkers, runners, and cyclists above the marshy areas and streams.
The ongoing cost of maintaining the wooden boardwalks sparked the city’s interest in maintenance-free precast concrete boardwalk product, called PermaTrak. The 40-foot replacement bridge that opened this week is the first concrete boardwalk installation in Georgia by PermaTrak North America, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company that is spreading across the U.S. and Canada.
"PermaTrak is a durable alternative to wood that requires no annual maintenance," said Jason Philbin, president of PermaTrak North America. "Though the upfront cost of concrete is greater, Lilburn understands the long-term value of investing in a product that will last more than 50 years."
Future boardwalk upgrades, possibly using PermaTrak, are being planned to take place over the next five years. The city will add drainage improvements to the trail, as well, and will ramp up day-to-day efforts to clear the trail of mud and debris after heavy rainfall.
Mayor Johnny Crist said, "Lilburn residents are very active and treasure the Camp Creek Greenway Trail as the city's most prized amenity. The City of Lilburn will continue to invest in the health of the greenway."
More info on the Camp Creek Greenway Trail: www.cityoflilburn.com/parks or www.facebook.com/campcreekgreenway
More info on PermaTrak