Shepard State Park Marshwalk Pier

Gautier, Mississippi

Award of Merit

OWNER: City of Gautier

LEAD DESIGN FIRM: Heflin Engineering


CIVIL ENGINEER: Cypress Environment & Infrastructure

This $394,498 project connects two hiking trails in the park with a pier over the marsh so that visitors can see and interact with the many species living there. At 1,005 ft, the pier is the largest ever constructed over a marsh in Mississippi and the only one to use Thruflow decking, which allows light to penetrate the water, minimizing impacts on aquatic vegetation.

Marshwalk Pier

Photo courtesy of Cypress Environment & Infrastructure

The team worked during the pandemic and hurricane season, and suffered a direct hit from Category 3 Hurricane Zeta. And when a specified solar light could not be delivered, the team worked together to identify a solution that allowed the project to be completed $16,000 under budget in February 2021.