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Plans call for world's tallest rollercoaster at Vegas Strip

At 650 feet, the Polercoaster would be the world's tallest rollercoaster. (Source: U.S. Thrill Rides) At 650 feet, the Polercoaster would be the world's tallest rollercoaster. (Source: U.S. Thrill Rides)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Plans for the world's tallest rollercoaster slated to be built on the Las Vegas Strip are getting reviewed for possible air traffic hazards.

The president of developer U.S. Thrill Rides, Michael Kitchen, acknowledged the 650-foot tall "Polercoaster" amusement ride set to be built in the area near the Tropicana hotel-casino towards the south end of the Strip.

A spokesperson from the Federal Aviation Administration also confirmed plans were under review for the project to assess whether the project poses a hazard to air traffic.

According to the spokesperson, reviews are done for any structure more than 200 feet tall. If a structure poses a problem to air craft or navigation aids, the developers will be questioned whether the hazard can be corrected.

The FAA said structures fewer than 200 feet tall can also be reviewed if it is located close to an airport.

The results of the review are only recommendations, the FAA stated, and the determination of a building permit is in the hands of city officials.

There was no word on an expected groundbreaking or opening date.

The structure follows other amusement rides already in the works on the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars Entertainment continues work on the 550-foot High Roller observation wheel, which is touted as the centerpiece of the Linq entertainment district at the heart of the Strip.

Work has comparatively been slow at the other planned observation wheel, the 500-foot Skyvue. The project, which developers said was in the second phase last year, remains slowed by financing woes.

Developers for the south Strip wheel said a 2014 opening is being eyed.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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