Mike Sheeler has dibs on the new colossal steel roller coaster starting to reshape the skyline of Adventureland.
"I told them I'm first in line," he said.
As a kid, Sheeler spent many summer days at Adventureland. Then he took his own boys there.
Now, as a foreman for concrete subcontractor Cameron Mitchell, he's helping bring to life the Altoona amusement park's first new roller coaster in more than two decades.
"I've worked on a lot of big buildings, buildings downtown," Sheeler said. "None of them compare to the Adventureland Monster."
So far, the roller coaster's construction is on track for a June opening. It replaces the much-beloved Log Ride, which crews began removing after Labor Day.
Parts started arriving this winter for the new $9 million roller coaster, which was designed and manufactured by the German firm Gerstlauer. Uncompleted supports and pieces of track that jut into the air are already visible to drivers on nearby
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