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Sharpe's Ferry Bridge


Sharp's Ferry Swing Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in February 2011


BH Photo #194176

Street View 


Swing truss bridge over Oklawaha River on CR 314
Marion County, Florida
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Replaced with a new bridge for automobile traffic with the historic truss bridge being reused for pedestrian use.
Built 1928
- Austin Brothers Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia [also known as Austin Bridge Co.]
Riveted Warren Pony truss Swing
Length of largest span: 117.0 ft.
Total length: 235.9 ft.
Also called
Oklawaha River CR314 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+29.18351, -81.99263   (decimal degrees)
29°11'01" N, 81°59'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/403486/3228724 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory numbers
FDOT 364110 (Florida Dept. of Transportation bridge number)
BH 12408 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 22.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 9, 2021: New photos from Tony Dillon
  • March 13, 2021: Updated by Luke: Corrected builder to pre-existing category.
  • March 13, 2021: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Added builder
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 24, 2011: New photos from C Hanchey
  • April 20, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge may be relocated and preserved.



Sharpe's Ferry Bridge
Posted September 9, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Finally had a chance to visit this bridge again. The stringer approach spans from the 1971 relocation have been replaced with narrow modern Warren ponies. Fortunately the historic truss span doesn't appear to have been altered, although the swing pier no longer exists.

Sharp's Ferry Bridge
Posted October 14, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

What you are seeing on the North side is the old bridge. It was retained for pedestrian use. I was in Ocala recently and had hoped to get out there but it didn't happen.

Sharp's Ferry Bridge
Posted October 14, 2020, by Daniel Timothy Dey (ddey65 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

According to Google Street View, the old bridge was replaced with a more modern two-lane bridge with a pedestrian/bicycle crossing on the north side.

Oklawaha River Bridge
Posted July 14, 2010, by Larry (forestfisherman [at] aol [dot] com)

The Sharps Ferry Bridge was moved from state raod 40 to its location now when the bridge for the bardge canal was built.

The original Sharps Ferry Bridge was A Wooden Bridge.

Oklawaha River Bridge
Posted April 30, 2007, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is known as the Sharp's Ferry Bridge. I had hoped to take some pics of it when I was in Ocala on vacation in Feb....but never got out there.