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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
April 2020 is the first Ohio Native Plant Month! Native plants require less water & maintenance, thus conserving resources & protecting the environment. Therefore, we encourage everyone to plant native plants/trees! Visit www.ohionativeplantmonth.org/ for more activities & projects.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
We encourage you to exercise outside if you're healthy [exercise can help with stress management]. But we all must follow physical distancing. A few simple practices as you're out in the neighborhood.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Don't miss your chance to offer feedback on our 2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. With a growing region where people's preferences are changing, we're planning 30 years out. Find out more at morpc.org/mtp2050.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Meet Jim Ramsey! He's been with FCEO for 13 years & currently works as our Assistant Highway Design Engineer/Drainage Supervisor. In his spare time, Jim enjoys bicycle riding, training/riding horses, gardening, & traveling. Thanks, Jim for being #TeamFCEO! #WorkerWednesday
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Did you know land records and census data can be helpful in your genealogy search? Franklin County historic maps provide vital information that may help fill the missing links on your family tree. Contact our Records Management team to get started! #RIMMonth #Census2020

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

Where’s My Plow

Deployment

During inclement weather, more than 100 Franklin County Engineer Snowfighters work around the clock to maintain safe travel on 850 lane miles of roads and streets, and provide road salt and anti-icing chemicals to 32 communities and public agencies.

Deployed in two twelve-hour shifts from three regional facilities, the Snowfighters operate 33 dump trucks equipped with plows and computerized salt spreaders that maximize efficiency. They clear 26 designated routes, as well as those requested by other agencies.

Route checkers, traveling in vehicles equipped with pavement temperature sensors, are in constant contact with command post dispatchers who communicate with the county sheriff’s office, police, and public service departments to ensure fast and efficient snow and ice removal. The dispatchers also monitor the latest weather information from the DTN Weather Sentry.

Snowfighter mechanics  provide essential vehicle repair and preventive maintenance services. Snowfighter heavy equipment operators use front-end loaders, stationed at our regional facilities, to load salt trucks and remove snowdrifts from roadways.

Rigorous Training

Snow Fighters participate in an extensive training program that involves both classroom and on-the-road instruction. Every year refresher classes are held to discuss snow fighting strategies, equipment operation and maintenance, and safe driving practices.

Our plow drivers’ knowledge and maneuverability skills are then put to the test at our annual Snow Fighter Roadeo. Competitors are judged for their abilities to maneuver through a difficult obstacle course and in backing their vehicles. It is our goal to prepare the drivers for every type of on-the-road situation and hazard.

Snow Fighters are also judged for their skills in operating a front-end loader, which is used for loading plow trucks with salt and removing snow from roadways and parking lots.

The 34th Snow Fighter ROADEO was held on October 3, 2019 at the Franklin County Engineer 970 Dublin Road location. More than 70 drivers from the engineer’s office and local townships participated

Rigorous Training

Vehicle Tracking

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office operates an automated vehicle locating system (AVL) for snow and ice control equipment. During a storm event, AVL provides managers with unit and driver identification, vehicle location and speed, rate of application for salt and de-icing liquid, and road and air temperatures. The tracking system enables the county to better coordinate their snow and ice control efforts throughout Franklin County. You can find the current location of your plow at our website.

De-Icing Materials

Deicers include salt, the principal road clearing material; liquid calcium chloride, used as a pre-wetting agent and for additional melting power at lower temperatures; and salt brine, sprayed on roadways to delay freezing and enhance salt effectiveness.

Salt is applied at an approximate rate of 400 pounds per mile along a two-lane roadway. During the 2018/19 winter season, we used approximately 12,390 tons of salt that included an 80/20 mix of salt brine and GeoMelt.

The 2020 winter salt price is $80.41 per ton. The total cost for snow and ice control during the 2018/19 winter season was $2,017,521.10 .

Computerized salt spreaders are used to guarantee prescribed application amounts that minimize costs and environmental effects. New de-icing products, that are safer and more effective, are always under consideration as suggested by the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

De-Icing Materials

Snowdrift Prevention

To control drifting snow, nearly 30,000 feet of snow fence will be erected along roadways that traditionally experience high winds. In agricultural areas, the engineer’s office conducts an annual program to encourage farmers to leave their partial cornstalks. When left uncut one to two feet above the ground, they are effective in helping to prevent snowdrifts.

During past winters, cornstalk protected roads had considerably fewer snow drift hazards than those that were unprotected. This season, cornstalks will protect nearly 75,000 feet of roadway.

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