Sundial Bridge

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The Sundial Bridge spans the Sacramento River in Redding, California. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2004 at a cost of $19,700,000.

This pedestrian bridge features a single 217 foot (66m) mast that serves as a sundial, which can be read in a garden to the north of the bridge. It connects the two sections of Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

The deck is surfaced with transparent structural glass, with a view of the water below as one crosses. The walkway and river are illuminated from beneath the deck at night. It is 700 feet (213m) in length and crosses the river without once touching the water. The cable stays are not centered on the walkway but instead divide the bridge into a major and minor path.

The Sundial Bridge is based on Calatrava's similar bridge design, the Alamillo bridge in Seville, Spain, built in 1992.

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External links

Sundial Bridge official site (http://www.turtlebay.org/bridge/)
Sundial Bridge Virtual Tour (http://www.virtuar.com/california/sundial/)

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