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First Cabin Fitted onto High Roller Observation Wheel

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LAS VEGAS -- The first cabin on the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel was installed Wednesday.

The wheel is part of the new entertainment and dining district on the Strip known as the LINQ. It is the world's tallest observation wheel at 550 feet.

When finished, the wheel will have 28 glass-enclosed cabins that will each hold 40 passengers. It will take two months to place all the cabins on the wheel.

David Codiga is the project director of the LINQ Project and said crews have just a five-hour window to get the cabins to the worksite before the roads have to reopen for the morning rush hour.

"They're huge. They're 22 tons a piece. That's 45,000 pounds each, so they're large in size. They have to be navigated over here using Nevada Highway Patrol, really facilitating the whole route," Codiga said.

The rest of the cabins will be brought, four at a time, to the construction site in a series of transports during the next two months.

The LINQ sits between the Quad Hotel and the Flamingo Hotel. It is expected to be finished late this year. The High Roller should start taking passengers by early 2014.

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