River town rising
To stand on the glass deck of the new Sundial Bridge in Redding, California, is to feel suspended between heaven and earth. With the Sacramento River rushing beneath your feet and the bridge’s gleaming white mast spiking more than 200 feet skyward, you could almost be floating on the mellow, cottonwood-scented evening breeze.
Soaring, yet intimate ― the $23.5 million span that opened on the Fourth of July is for people, not cars ― the Sundial is destined to become California’s second-most-recognized bridge. But the 710-foot suspension bridge is more than an audacious architectural statement: It’s the final turn in Redding’s slow reorientation toward the Sacramento River.