This is Pennsylvania you're talking about. If they're talking now about building a highway, your children might be able to drive on it to cash their first social security check.
BTW, our wonderful newly-elected governor "Fast Eddie" Rendell has proposed an 11 cent hike in the gasoline tax along with increases in license and registration fees (2 days after the election). It's supposed to raise money to fix existing bridges and roads and mass transit. Not sure if any new construction gets included in that.
(The new attraction will be a launch coaster called "Pelvic Thrust." Next to it will be a stand that sells meatloaf.)
Deuling woodies - one side Columbia, one side Magenta?
Anyway, I've never been to Kennywood but I am somewhat familiar with the geographic difficulties the place has had - would anyone care to point out where this newly purchased valley is? Like on a map or something?
I think they will first bring back Bayren Curve. I believe the ride was only taken out so that it could be fully restored and then returned to the park. Then I think they will possibly take out the stupid dive show thing and put back a new island stage with the Swing Around on top as it was on the old island stage. Finally, they will also add that 500 ft inverted backwards dive machine every one is dreaming about.
Im pretty sure I was wrong in calling the stage, that was recently replaced by the dive show, the island stage. Im not sure what they called it. It may have been called the Garden Stage. *** Edited 11/22/2006 2:26:16 AM UTC by phantomguitarist***
It will be a toll road connecting I-376 near Pittsburgh and near Monroeville to the existing PA Route 43 near Elizabeth, PA, which most of the highway is already open to I-70. It then continues to the WV state line near Morgantown. If built, it will pass real close to Kennywood in Duquesne, which will help people get to the park much easier in the future.
Those environmental studies can kill a highway project, or at least delay it by years and add tens or hundreds of millions to the cost. It happened with the Blue Route near Philly, and is happening with I-99 between Altoona and State College-- not too far from DelGrossos.
If the highway does get built, I wonder if PennDOT or the Turnpike Commission will allow them to put up Kennywood arrows. I suppose for a fee they will.
So I assume we're looking at that wooded area that now contains those rusty looking structures - maybe warehouses or something. Or does it not stretch that far, but only to the tree line?
Here's another question, I know enthusiasts have long drooled over that strip of land running along the river there, is that really a viable area for a Boulderdash type coaster is that just wishful thinking?
It's much steeper than that satellite picture shows, but yes, that's the new expansion area. It will need a lot of work to clean it up since it is an abondoned rail yard. But, it would make a great area for some new coaster additions someday, wouldn't it? ;)
Hmm, wonder how long of a drop that would be for a coaster ;)
And no, the highway won't be done by 2010. The PA Turnpike Commission needs ~$2.2 billion to finish the final 24 miles of the highway. Maybe by 2010 they might have financing in place and starting construction, but who knows.
Almost zero chance for the circle swing returning. They recently sold off a set of old Traver rockets (not their original, but others that were acquired to help rebuild the circle swing someday), so it looks like any chance of their return is gone.
The park hasn't announced anything for 2007....yet.