Officials raise concerns over planned Ferris wheel

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — Officials have raised safety concerns over plans to build a 235-foot Ferris wheel along Newport’s riverfront.

Local news outlets report that the Louisville District of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter June 28 to Mayor Jerry Peluso, warning him that the project would weaken the levee’s system.

The agency is now asking developer Koch Development to consider alternate locations or to submit more detailed documents that are commensurate to the approval level required to build the Ferris wheel.

Army Corps levee safety officer John Bock also suggested incorporating a new floor wall section into the design or designing a Ferris wheel foundation that’s independent of the levee embankment.

Koch Development Managing Director Matthew Stack said in a statement Monday that the company is resubmitting plans to address the concerns of the Army Corps.

The SkyWheel would sit along the Ohio River and offer people panoramic views of Ohio and Kentucky.

Koch Development has said it would begin construction after the design and construction plans are approved by the Army Corps. Stack said the project is expected to be built in about 12 months.

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