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A special delivery of massive proportions has landed at Cedar Point. The first pieces of light-blue track for the new GateKeeper winged roller coaster have arrived at the Sandusky scream park.

Photos: GateKeeper coaster construction at Cedar Point

Spokesperson Annie Zelm says the first shipment of track pieces came Tuesday morning with many more on the way.

“Steel shipments will continue to arrive daily by the truckload throughout November,” she explains. “More than 100 semi trucks will make the 200-mile journey from Clermont Steel in southern Ohio to their destination at Cedar Point. Workers will begin erecting these steel components in November, including the columns and track. The station construction will also begin in November.”

Zelm says the track pieces each weigh approximately 7,500 pounds and will be arriving to Cedar Point in the order of where they will be placed at the construction site (the first pieces are closest to the station).

The track’s official colors are azure blue and strata blue, while the ride’s trains will be sunset gold, each with zenith gold, meteor gold and orion gold accents.

Video: Animated footage of Gatekeeper in action

Construction on GateKeeper near the park’s main entrance began several weeks ago.

“By now, workers have dug close to 200 footers for the ride’s foundation, each about 6 feet deep,” Zelm says. “They’ll use steel cages to reinforce the concrete in each of the footers.”

This winter, the 100-foot keyhole elements will be installed as work will continue on the massive undertaking through the spring with steel erection, electrical installation and station work.

When it’s all finished, testing must then begin.

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article courtesy of Wkyc.com

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