Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Bridges and Structures

Design, construction and maintenance resources

Do It Right! Lessons from the field not to be repeated

Deck planing

Deck planing
  • Look at the smoke coming from the world's first wood-fired deck grinder!
Deck planing

Heavy broom finish

  • That’s a quarter nestled between a couple of rocks on the planed surface of a deck! The Contractor figured they didn’t have to worry about finishing the surface, since the deck was being planed!
  • Notice the area where the plane touched the deck on the right side of the photo, and the smooth gutter on the left side.
Deck planing
  • This deck has been planed already, and those striations run perpendicular to the heavy broom marks that are so much more prominent.
  • When we have a deck planed, we want to have the entire driving surface planed!
Deck planing
  • Make sure to pull a string across the expansion joint when doing the dry run, and then again during the pour—after the 10’ bull float had been used to check it.
  • Check to see how it will ride when the back of the approach is formed, and when it is poured.
Deck planing
  • Due to extremely heavy brooming, combined with a final surface that does not meet the 1/8”-in-10-foot surface tolerance, we end up with large areas that fail to get treated by the texture planer.
  • This will lead to more tire noise than we want, and an increased possibility of localized ponding and chlorides soaking into the deck.
  • We may tell the Contractor to seal this entire deck to limit chloride intrusion in the monolithic slab.