Construction on the new SkyVue observation wheel is moving right along, officials said Wednesday.
Support columns that will be used to hold the massive wheel up already stretch more than 200 feet into the air, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Strip attraction said.
The columns are scheduled to reach their full height over the next month. The spokesperson said the columns will be taller than SkyVue's neighbor, the Tropicana.
Construction on the actual wheel will start once the beams are fully built.
News on the progress of the SkyVue was released on the same day its rival wheel - the "High Roller" - was granted a Clark County permit allowing its construction to go forward.
SkyVue is planned to be 500 feet high and located at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, across from Mandalay Bay.
The High Roller is slated to be 550 feet high and will be part of the LINQ entertainment project at the center of the Strip. The project's owner Caesars Entertainment said it will be the world's largest observation wheel.
SkyVue officials said the wheel will deliver unobstructed panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and feature an array of retail, dining and entertainment options.
The wheel will also feature the world's largest 50,000-square-foot LED screen.
The project is on track for grand opening on New Year's Eve 2013.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:07 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:07:10 GMT
Police have evacuated an apartment complex at 1750 Karen Ave., near Bruce Street, following an incident with a homicide suspect. According to Metro police, FBI agents who are part of a fugitive taskMore >
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:56:49 GMT
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:09:41 GMT
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:48:21 GMT
Travelers coming from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas said they're arriving with heavy hearts on Tuesday. While many of them are glad to be in Las Vegas, their thoughts are with those back home. "You knowMore >
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >