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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.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Meet Raelynn McCown! She's been with FCEO for a year and works in our Planning and Programming Dept. In her spare time, Rae enjoys being outdoors, repurposing/building home furniture, and spending time with family and friends. Thanks Rae for being #TeamFCEO! #WorkerWednesday
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The positivity rate in our community is high. The incubation period for COVID-19 is 2-14 days. You can unknowingly spread if you have been exposed, even if you have a negative test.

We all need to stay home as much as possible and not gather. We understand this is difficult but it is in the best interest of our community and the health of each of us. Columbus - we need to work together to slow the spread!
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO hosted the 2021 Construction Project List Virtual Open House. We provided a preview of our upcoming construction projects and afterwards held a Q&A session. Thank you to everyone who joined us! Visit http://www.franklincountyengineer.org/future-projects/ to view the presentation.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The intersection of Alkire Road and Galloway Road is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Thanksgiving is almost here! So make sure you know the best ways to stay safe.

Tip #1: Very familiar faces only! This year the stuffing should be passed to people who live in your household.

For more info on Thanksgiving safety, go here: https://bit.ly/3nNHudn
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The intersection of Alkire Rd and Galloway Rd is closed due to a vehicular crash resulting in electrical poles and power lines in the roadway. AEP estimates the necessary closure to last until midday 11/22/20. Please avoid the area, if possible.

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