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Hogle Zoo officials celebrated on Friday a "milestone" in the construction of the Rocky Shores construction project as the largest mobile crane in Utah set a new bridge over Emigration Creek, completing a major thoroughfare to what will be the most expansive and expensive zoological exhibit in Utah history.

The exhibit isn't scheduled for completion for another year to come, but zoo spokeswoman Lindsey Sine said the bridge —- and artist renderings of the exhibit — will give visitors a better idea of what the final exhibit will look like.

"A lot of stuff is starting to take shape," she said. "Visitors will definitely have a point of view from which they can develop a picture of what they'll eventually be able to see a year or so from now."

The exhibit, funded by a bond measure passed by county taxpayers in 2008, will include polar bears, harbor seals and other Arctic wildlife.

— Matthew D. LaPlante