Six Flags Over Texas is expected to reopen its Shock Wave rollercoaster by mid-April, in time for the bulk of the 2010 season.
The coaster has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment which has seen it miss the start of the park's season. According to Amusement Today, the park has replaced some 160 feet of track on the ride during the rehab period - the third such track replacement is as many years. No firm date has been given for Shock Wave's reopening, although the mid-April target could see it return in time for the April 17-18 weekend.
Shock Wave was the tallest rollercoaster in the world when it opened in 1978, although it held this title for just weeks before it was overtaken by The Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Manufactured by Schwarzkopf, it reaches a height of 116 feet and features a first drop of 105 feet. The steel coaster was the second in the world to feature back-to-back vertical loops.
Also undergoing extensive remodelling at the Arlington park is the Texas Giant, which will reopen in 2011 following a $10 million renovation. It will be the first rollercoaster in the world to use the new "Iron Horse" track system, which combines a wooden support structure with an all-steel track.