The key feature of the Bismarck Expressway is the Bismarck Expressway Bridge over the Missouri River. The bridge would have to cross both the river and a flood plain for a total span of 2,500 feet. Both ends of the bridge are on relatively low land, yet clearance under the bridge needs to be maintained for navigation traffic. The result is a bridge with a very distinctive hump shape. Finally, the east end of the bridge had to land between the city zoo and a golf course to line up with the existing street pattern. That dictated a curve in the east end of the bridge. Those features can be seen in the photos below.
The expressway bridge was finished and opened in 1985. While it includes no special decorative features, the curves in the bridge, both horizontal and vertical, make for a very graceful looking structure. It fits into the scene very well. The bridge does have street lights, and it does have a bicycle path on the south side that is independent of the traffic lanes. When built, this bridge became the southern-most Missouri River Bridge in North Dakota despite being 60 miles from the border with South Dakota, and 85 miles from the next nearest bridge over the river to the south.