With precast prestressed concrete bridge deck panels, form is function. Is it a form that doesn't have to be stripped or a concrete deck that doesn't have to be formed? In reality, a precast concrete bridge deck panel is a bit of both. Laid from girder to girder and then topped with concrete, precast deck panels become a permanent, structural part of a bridge deck. In use for more than 40 years, these deck panels are tried and tested. All precasters need to do is convince more bridge builders to use them. That's easy once you know how they're used and why they're so beneficial. KEYWORDS: precast bridge deck