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Sharpes Ferry Bridge Wall Repairs Continue


Marion County – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is announcing a new estimated end date for the County Road 314 repair project near the Sharpes Ferry Bridge in Ocala. The contractor, Orion Marine, has been working steadily since late January following last year’s loss of the northwest portion of the retaining walls. FDOT is now projecting the remaining repairs to continue into the upcoming winter months.


The ongoing work, all being done under the original warranty, consists of corrective and strengthening measures on the retaining walls on either side of the Sharpes Ferry Bridge.


Traffic along County Road (CR) 314 —between State Road (SR) 40 and SR 35 — may continue to be impacted. Area residents and travelers should be on the lookout for single lane closures managed by flaggers, workers who direct traffic flow through one lane.


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.