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Weather not slowing work on Elvis’ top ride

Greg Metko (left) and Jeremy Paholke, both employees of Neenah-based Miron Construction Co. Inc., install tracks on a replica of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster in Green Bay. The 7,000-piece wooden roller coaster in the Bay Beach Amusement Park is a replica of a coaster at Libertyland Amusement Park in Memphis, Tenn. The coaster was known as Elvis' favorite ride after Presley rented the entire Libertyland park one night in 1977 and rode the coaster over and over with friends. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Construction on the Zippin Pippin roller coaster on Green Bay’s waterfront is two weeks ahead of schedule.

The wooden roller coaster is a replica of a longtime Memphis, Tenn., attraction. It was renowned as Elvis Presley’s favorite amusement park ride.

The newer version is at Bay Beach Amusement Park. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the ride is scheduled to debut in May.

Wisconsin’s winter weather has been rugged, but the construction crews working on the ride say it hasn’t slowed them down. They say they’re used to working year-round.

City officials said last month the project was running over budget. It’s now expected to cost $3.5 million, up from the original $3 million estimate. City officials have tapped $300,000 in city reserves and hope private donations will cover the rest.

Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

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