The new bridge is purely functional. It has no decorative elements. It sits on a flat and straight segment of highway, complete with wide shoulders. One would not even know that they are crossing the mighty Missouri River if it were not for the green guide signs. That is the job of a bridge, and it does it well, but it has none of the excitement and wonder of the big metal monster that still sits only feet downstream as a monument to an era when bridges and car travel was still larger than life.