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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
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!
Franklin County Engineer
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.
Franklin County Engineer
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 …
Franklin County Engineer
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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Snow Fighters

Deployment

During inclement weather, more than 100 Franklin County Engineer Snowfighters work around the clock to maintain safe travel on 800 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 28th Snow Fighter Roadeo was held on October 24, 2013 at the Franklin County Engineer West Maintenance Facility. 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 2011/12 winter season, we used approximately 3,700 tons of salt and 95,000 gallons of pre-wetting and anti-icing chemicals.

The 2012/13 winter salt price is $57.66 per ton, down $1.76 per ton from last year’s price. The total cost for snow and ice control during the 2011/12 winter season was just over $771,000.

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 will conduct its 13th 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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