Sundial Bridge

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With a new year right around the corner, we’ve got the passage of time on our minds. This, of course, led us to think about the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California. Where better to symbolically celebrate the calendar click-over than a structure that “celebrates human creativity and ingenuity?”

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Never heard of the Sundial Bridge before? Located on Turtle Bay, the bridge crosses the Sacramento River, linking the north and south campuses of the 300-acre, Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Not only that, it also serves as a new downtown entrance for Redding’s Sacramento River Trail system.

The bridge is also considered a work of art. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the free-standing bridge is made up of these impressive stats:

Dimensions

  • 700 feet long
  • 23 feet wide
  • 217 feet high (pylon)

Weight

  • 3.2 million pounds (1,600 tons)

Materials

  • steel structure with galvanized steel cables

Deck Materials

  • non-skid glass panels in steel framework, granite accents

Foundation

  • 115 tons of rebar
  • 1,900 cubic yards of concrete

Superstructure

  • 400 tons of steel
  • 200 tons of glass and granite (deck)

Cables

  • 4,342 feet of cable (pylon)
  • 580 tons of steel, (pylon)

Our goal for a visit? Walking the deck at night and listening for gossip from salmon, whose habitat is nearby.

Do you have special ways you like to observe the change-over of the year? Share them with us. We’d love to try some new ones out ourselves!

To learn more about the Sundial Bridge visit http://www.turtlebay.org/sundialbridge.

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