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Massive cement pour complete at Cape Girardeau casino site

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A critical step in the Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau is complete Wednesday morning. Tuesday evening crews started to pour the cement basin. they completed the pour around 5 a.m.

Dick Meister, the VP of Design and Construction, said it's like the basin of a pool, in which the casino floor will float on top.

More than 40 cement trucks rotated between plants in Cape Girardeau and Jackson were hauling in the concrete to pour into the 41,000 sq. ft. slab.

Workers used four pumps to distribute the concrete, two at a time, depending on the section of the slab they're working on.

Fred Jaeckle, the VP of the Project team, says the slab must be completely level. It cannot vary even 1/8th of an inch. He says workers must also be very careful to not disrupt the reinforcement already in place.

Construction crews said the work had to be done overnight because of the cooler temperatures, and to keep traffic clear in Cape Girardeau.

A little more than 50 workers were on site, with almost 30 coming from the local area.

Meister says this stage should take about seven days to cure, and they will then pour the sides to the basin in about three to four weeks. He says they hope to have steel up by Thanksgiving.

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