At first glance, this bridge looks like the Sundial Bridge in California. A closer examination shows that it is very different, despite being designed by the same architect, Santiago Calatrava. The Sundial Bridge uses a massive concrete block to balance the suspended span. The Reiman Bridge uses the weight of the building to hold up the bridge. The Sundial Bridge uses one set of cables, with the tower being the structural component. The Reiman Bridge uses two sets of cables, with the tower merely supporting the cables. Finally, the Sundial bridge is offset, with the cables attaching to one side of the deck. The Reiman Bridge has the cables attaching down the center of the deck.
The Reiman Bridge cable attachment is much less complex and costly than the Sundial Bridge arrangement. It did, however, introduce a problem in that the cables would be in the center of the walkway. Concerned that people, especially the blind, would trip over the cables, a granite curb was placed around the cable attachment points. Unfortunately, two people tripped over the curbs breaking their hips. The result is that a stainless steel stair rail has been placed around the cable anchorages. This slightly obscures a very interesting part of the bridge, but it is far safer for the general public.