The Silver Bridge -- between Point Pleasant WV and Kanauga OH -- opened to traffic in mid-1928 and fell into the Ohio River on Dec. 15, 1967. It was up for about 39 1/2 years. Two years to the day after the old bridge fell, the Silver Memorial Bridge opened. It has been open except for a few weeks in 1977 when some steel members had to be repaired.
So now we can note that the Silver Memorial Bridge has been up longer than the bridge it replaced.
Perhaps sometime I'll relate my limited memories of the collapse of the old bridge -- I was a teenager then -- but not today.