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As a local public works agency headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the Franklin County Engineer's Office is responsible for the maintenance and construction of 271 miles of county roadway and 351 county bridges, as well as upkeep of all county ditches, drains, retention basins, and other storm water facilities within the right-of-way of county roads in unincorporated areas. To meet the continuing development and infrastructure needs of Franklin County, the Engineer's Office utilizes the latest technologies for determining and maintaining roadway centerlines and boundaries; retracing and setting new monuments for original public land surveys; preparing geographic information system mapping for real estate tax assessments; and establishing precise countywide horizontal and vertical control to maintain uniformity in construction, surveying, and mapping.
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Franklin County Engineer
Thanks to Jaime Tickle and Jim Ramsey for judging the Southwestern Career Academy senior engineering students’ capstone competition to build a prototype of a patentable product. The future is bright for these talented young minds!
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Franklin County Engineer
Engineer Robertson led FCEO’s first Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Task Force Meeting today. Working with ODOT, suppliers, contractors, and local governments, the group is working on how to get the best paving product possible while reducing environmental impacts.
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Franklin County Engineer
Meet Kurt Selkinghaus! Kurt’s been with FCEO for 9 years and currently works in our Mobility Dept. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching his children’s baseball team, snowboarding, motorcycling and home improvement projects. Thanks, Kurt for being #TeamFCEO! #WorkerWednesday
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DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) — A new pedestrian bridge over the Scioto River in Dublin is set to open in March. The City of Dublin announced the new bridge will open with a celebration and dedication …
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Franklin County Engineer
Engineer Robertson and Bridge Engineer Ed Herrick were recently featured in Benchmarks, a newsletter produced by The Ohio State University's College of Engineering. The article highlighted #TeamFCEO's involvement in the CEGE Industry Mentor Program Lane Ave. Bridge event.

Thanks to all of the FCEO team members that worked so hard to make the event a success. Thank you to Barry Tolchin for working with Engineer Robertson and Engineer's Office staff on this unique onsite event. #payitforward
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Franklin County Engineer
Thank you to all the Franklin County Engineer’s team for working hard to keep the roads safe during this weekend’s winter weather. Thank you as well to all the support staff working behind the scenes. Day and night, weekends, or holidays, our crews are ready.

Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Roundabouts

Roundabouts

We want everyone to feel confident, be secure, and to “keep in the loop” with their safe driving practices as they travel modern roundabouts.

To help the public become more familiar with how to drive a roundabout, we’ve created this user guide that shows the various traffic patterns, rules, and general instructions that we hope everyone will follow.

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What is a modern roundabout?

It is a one-way circular intersection with yield control of all entering traffic. Vehicles circulate counter-clockwise at speeds around 20 M.P.H. The lane use is very similar to a typical four-way intersection except for a slight circular adjustment.

Seven rules for safely driving roundabouts:
  • Slow down
  • Get in the correct lane before entering the roundabout:
    • Use the right lane for turning right or going straight (same as a conventional intersection).
    • Use the left lane for going straight or turning left (same as a conventional intersection).
    • Use the left lane to make a U turn.
  • Look for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk before entering the roundabout.
  • Yield to all circulating traffic when entering the roundabout. Even if there are two lanes in the roundabout, yield to both.
  • Drive counter-clockwise, following the one-way traffic pattern.
  • Do not change lanes within the roundabout.
  • Look for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk upon exiting the roundabout.
Why build a modern roundabout instead of a typical intersection?

Modern roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections, which have more conflict points and operate at higher speeds.

Studies have shown that roundabouts provide nearly an 80 percent reduction in injury accidents since the circular layout dramatically reduces the likeliness of head-on or broadside collisions.

What are some of the other benefits of modern roundabouts?
  • Traffic from all directions is slowed down to the same speed, giving motorists more time to judge and react to traffic.
  • Shorter and better-planned crosswalks are located away from the busy intersection.
  • There is a reduction in pollution and fuel use since there is less idle time for motorists.
  • Slower speeds and fewer stops and starts result in less traffic noise.
  • There are no expensive traffic signals to install or maintain.