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The last section of a new bridge that should ease the rather strenuous walk from one side of the San Diego Zoo to the other was lifted into place Thursday.

The 450-foot span, when it opens in June, will connect Benchley Plaza in Lost Forest on the east side of the zoo with Elephant Odyssey on the west side, zoo officials said.

The trip currently requires guests to walk over hills and through canyons.

“This is a really thrilling project that will effectively change the traffic patterns throughout the zoo,” said David Rice, corporate director of architecture for San Diego Zoo Global. “The bridge will make navigating the zoo much easier for both guests and employees, especially children, senior citizens, parents with strollers, and the disabled.”

When the bridge opens, zoo officials expect the walk from the entrance to the back end of the park will take just a few minutes.

The bridge still needs to be painted, and crews are working on elevators and staircases, according to the zoo.

It will open along with the $68 million Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks exhibit — the largest expansion in the zoo’s history.

–City News Service

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