Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The Richland County Penny Tax just completed another one of their projects at the Riverbanks Zoo.
Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new pedestrian bridge at the Columbia attraction. It connects the North parking lot and the zoo, and $4 million in taxpayer dollars went into the structure.
For years, people have had to walk across an active railroad track to get to the zoo. County and zoo leaders say this bridge will make that walk a lot safer.
Last year the zoo saw their biggest crowd ever with more than one million visitors. This meant more than $14 million in net revenue. You might wonder, why did the Penny Tax pay for the bridge?
Rob Perry with the Penny Tax says folks voted for this and hundreds of other projects back in 2012.
"Another major project is completed, and that's what the citizens voted on and the whole point of this program is to make it better for our citizens of Richland County so it's just another project that's out the door," said Perry.
Riverbanks Zoo CEO & President Satch Krantz says he's glad the steps were taken to make this happen.
"For the past year, our guests have had to literally walk across an active railroad line to access the zoo from the north side so this bridge will eliminate that health hazard" said Krantz.
The next project on the Richland County's Penny Tax is a Greenway in the Three Rivers.