On its own, dazzle camouflage wouldn't have been the worst thing possible. But that wasn't all. In its infinite wisdom, the War Department asked the Navy and the Army Air Corp for their opinions. The Air Corp wanted the dazzle to be made of alternating red and white stripes (that'll be the candy cane), while the Navy wanted alternating black and yellow stripes (like a bumblebee).
It was only by sheer luck that the bridge didn't wind up looking like either of these suggestions. When the beams were delivered to the construction site, they were found to have been painted with an orange primer -- a shade which, according to the architectural firm in charge, didn't just look great, but would also help prevent ships from crashing into it when conditions got foggy. Because that's what happens if you paint bridges in camouflage.