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Lost Island theme park construction making progress during the winter months


WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - There have been a lot of projects progressing this year, including the Lost Island theme park.

Waterloo community planning director, Noel Anderson, said the construction team is making great strides. He also said he is excited about the opportunities the park will bring to the city.

"There will be 300 plus new jobs in the summer time, 30 permanent jobs," Anderson said, "but also the tourism aspect of helping the casino helping the water park in terms of bringing in more of a regional draw."

Anderson said the construction team has been working on a lot of the groundwork to make sure the park is built on a strong foundation.

On top of roller coasters being formed, a few buildings and low-level attractions are being built as well.

Knowing folks are looking forward to adding a fun feature to the city, the contractors are working through the winter. Anderson said the team is trying to make as much progress as they can during these difficult months.

"The contractors have to figure out where to move the snow, so it won't have to be moved multiple times, what they can do in different weather conditions," Anderson said.

This project all together amounts to about $100 million, and that includes road construction into the attraction. To help the flow of traffic when the park opens, Anderson said they will add a round-a-bout, traffic lights near Highway 218, and more.

The estimated completion date is 2022.

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Alaina Kwan

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