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Franklin County Engineer

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 Engineer4 days ago
Richardson Road between Groveport Road and Hayes Road is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer4 days ago
It’s going to be a HOT weekend! The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory from 07/18 to 07/20. We know you want to enjoy the summer sun but, please be careful and use these tips to stay cool. #beattheheat
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer5 days ago
Meet Missy Tuttle! Missy has been with FCEO for 14 years and currently works at our West Maintenance Facility. When not at work, you'll often find her at the ball fields, spending time with family or with her yellow lab Cooper. Thanks, Missy for being #TeamFCEO. #WorkerWednesday
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer6 days ago
Richardson Road between Groveport Road and Hayes Road is now closed for bridge maintenance. This road will be closed for 2 days, weather permitting.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer7 days ago
Scioto & Darby Creek Road over Big Darby Creek is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer1 week ago
Scioto & Darby Creek Road over Big Darby Creek is now closed for bridge maintenance. This road will be closed for 2 days, weather permitting.

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

Surveying and Land History

To understand the evolution of Franklin County, one must explore Ohio’s rich surveying history and how it influenced the measurement and division of our local land.

Long before Ohio became a state, it was a Native American territory that was eventually claimed by different nations and colonies. The variety and number of these claims caused Ohio to have more original surveys than any other state.

The first surveyors lived a hard life threatened by the perils of the wilderness far from civilization and family.

The endless forests, tall grasses, and rugged terrain of Ohio made tracking difficult. With only a chain for measurement and a compass for navigation, it is easy to understand why there are discrepancies in some of the original surveys.

Following the American Revolution, the federal government appointed “Deputy Surveyors” to oversee and implement the first survey standards.

Typical compensation, shared by surveyors and their crews, was two to three dollars for each mile measured. In some cases, surveyors were paid with land, which resulted in making them original settlers with large land holdings.

Surveyors guided the development of the new frontier as they clarified land titles and property boundaries, and helped to layout the first roadways and towns that would become the fabric of our state and county. We invite you to explore this fascinating history through our Surveyor’s Journal web pages.