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MERIDIAN -- A new waterslide at Roaring Springs Waterpark is taking shape after crews lifted a 20-foot section of the slide into place today with a crane.

The new Corkscrew Cavern stands about the same height as a six-story building. Officials say it is the first 360-degree looping waterslide in the Northwest.

Crews were able to thread the needle by guiding the fiberglass tube through a narrow opening in the tower floor. The piece put into place also included the launching capsule.

Corkscrew Cavern riders will step into thee computerized launching and hear a 3-2-1 countdown before the trap door in the floor drops. The rider is propelled into a 32-inch enclosed translucent blue tunnel, and instantly accelerates to a top speed of 38 feet per second. Powerful G-forces glue the rider to the slide the entire way around the 360-degree loop.

Crews from slide manufacturer ProSlide traveled to Boise from Ottawa, Ontario to assemble and test Corkscrew Cavern. Roaring Springs and The Russell Corporation completed the tower and underground infrastructure last year with the addition of the companion slide, The Cliffhanger.

Construction on the new waterslide will be completed this month.

Corkscrew Cavern is scheduled to debut to park goers on May 10, opening day for Roaring Springs.

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