The beams – each weighing about 80,000 pounds – were laid on the caps and tied together for stability.
Metal forms were placed over the beams to hold the concrete of the bridge deck. C.W. Matthews then poured the concrete decks of the six bridge spans under construction. After the decks were poured, they were tested for smoothness and ground down if necessary. Then they were grooved to prevent them from becoming slick when it rains.
Finally, workers poured the concrete barrier walls on each side of the bridge deck and striped the new highway.
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