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Marion County – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) today is announcing repair work is starting soon on the retaining walls near the Sharpes Ferry Bridge in Ocala. The contractor, Orion Marine, begins demolition and installation work Monday, January 28, which could last into the summer months.

 

The work calls for corrective measures, including the installation of a replacement wall and strengthening the remaining walls. Traffic along County Road (CR) 314 —between State Road (SR) 40 and SR 35 — is affected. When work starts, plans call for the road narrowed to one lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, except Sunday. Workers—known as flaggers—are set to manage traffic flow through a single lane.

 

This first phase is expected to last about two weeks. As work progresses, FDOT is providing further updates.

 

The original Sharpes Ferry truss bridge served parts of east Marion County since the 1920’s. It was replaced by a new $8.2 million concrete span in April 2012. In June 2012, problems occurred when a retaining wall fell. The wall supported the roadway near the bridge. Short term corrective measures were taken at that time. No damage occurred to the bridge itself.

 

Weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances could alter planned schedules.

 

The Florida Department of Transportation urges the traveling public to use caution when driving, walking or cycling around, in, or near construction zones.