SHARPES FERRY BRIDGE NEW INFORMATION WEDNESDAY NIGHT JUNE 27--10 pm.
Marion County - County Road 314 at the Sharpes Ferry Bridge near Ocala will remain closed to traffic for an additional and undetermined period of time. This comes after inspection of the other retaining walls along the roadway Wednesday raised concerns. More information will follow as it becomes available.
SHARPES FERRY BRIDGE NEW INFORMATION WED JUNE 27
Marion County - County Road 314 at the Sharpes Ferry Bridge near Ocala will remain closed to traffic. Additional work at the site by the contractor pushed back the anticipated opening on Tuesday.
The Florida Department of Transportation is evaluating whether to attempt to open the road later today/Wednesday, or wait until Tropical Storm/Tropical Depression Debby has passed. Forecast models show the storm impacting Marion County.
In the meantime, work and monitoring will continue on the retaining wall matter.
SHARPES FERRY BRIDGE NEW INFORMATION MONDAY NIGHT JUNE 25
Marion County - Work gets underway Tuesday, June 26 in an effort to reopen the Sharpes Ferry Bridge to thru-traffic. Retaining walls, which protect a paved portion of road near the bridge, were damaged by torrential rain Sunday night. The bridge structure appears okay.
The plan is to install temporary barriers along the roadway, near the damage, so traffic keeps a safe distance. The area is roughly a 250 foot long section where retaining walls--which hold dirt and other road structural materials in place--collapsed. Engineers want to find out why it happened.
The Sharpes Ferry Bridge on County Road 314 was just recently completed in April. It was an eight million dollar project to replace an old, outdated bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation is in discussions with the contractor about warranty coverage for the repairs. Preliminary work began Monday. The overall repair could take weeks, perhaps months, to do.
ORIGINAL MESSAGE DATED SUNDAY, JUNE 24
MARION COUNTY, Fla. (June 24, 2012) – The Marion County Office of the County Engineer has temporarily closed the Sharpes Ferry Bridge due to damages caused by inclement weather. Portions of County Road 314 leading to the bridge, between the State Road 40 and State Road 35 intersections, will also remain temporarily closed. Only local access to the temporarily closed portions of County Road 314 will be maintained.
Crews will place proper signage and barricades. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. For more information, contact the Marion County Office of the County Engineer at 352-671-8686 during the regular office hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Contact: Barbra Hernández, Public Information Officer
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