By 1919, momentum was in place to build a permanent bridge. The site that was picked was just down stream of the Northern Pacific High Bridge. It was believed that heavy winter ice would break up when it hit the massive granite piers of the railroad bridge, and the chunks would then flow easily under the new highway bridge. The bridge itself consisted of 3 large though truss spans built in the Warren-Turner design. The bridge required 18 months to build, and it cost $1,375,000.
The competed bridge was the longest bridge in North Dakota at the time. It was also the last gap in US-10 to be filled. Once the bridge opened, it was possible for the first time to drive coast to coast without having to take a ferry boat. The bridge was named the Liberty Memorial Bridge to honor the World War I vets.
The building of the Interstate highway system moved the through traffic from US-10 over to I-94. US-10 was turned back to county maintenance, and I-94 was co-signed with US-10 markers. The former US-10 route though town was renamed I-94 Business Loop, which included the Liberty Memorial Bridge. The west end of the bridge connected to I-194, a short spur off of I-94. While the Liberty Memorial Bridge was no longer the main highway bridge, it still was an important bridge, carrying about two-thirds as much traffic as the I-94 bridge.
The Liberty Memorial Bridge was designed to last 50 years. It far outlived that age, and it was 84 years old when new replacement bridge was started. Local residents want to keep the old bridge in place as a local monument and tourist attraction. The state, however, still plans to demolish this historic bridge in 2009. That will be a huge loss since this is the last standing Warren-Turner truss bridge in the nation.
Update—this bridge was closed on July 31, 2008, at 11:00 AM. The western of the 3 truss spans was imploded on Monday, October 6, 2008. The remaining two spans are scheduled to be dropped before October 20.