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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
It’s National Transportation Week. We recognize the importance of safe and efficient transportation infrastructure and celebrate those who design, build, and maintain it. A special thanks to #TeamFCEO for their dedication to the traveling public.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Friday, May 20th, is Bike to Work Day! Cycling to work increases fitness, saves on fuel, and reduces carbon emissions. Plan your route to work by visiting http://centralohiogreenways.com/our-trails/. #BikeMonth
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
During the Light Ohio Blue campaign, we have turned the lights on the Lane Avenue Bridge blue in support of law enforcement officers. Thank you to all who serve or have served to protect our communities. #LightOhioBlue2022
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Schleppi Road, between Fancher Road and Walnut Street, is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
It’s Light Ohio Blue week! Show your support for fallen officers or those continuing to serve, and replace your current exterior porch light with a blue light bulb. #LightOhioBlue2022
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Mann Road, between Havens Road and Clark State Road, is closed for drainage improvements. This closure is expected to last three weeks, weather permitting.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Bridge Builders Biography Chapter 1

Bridge Builders Biography Chapter 1

First Crossings

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Early settler and surveyor Lucas Sullivant built the first bridge in Franklin County over the Scioto River in 1816, just south of present day Broad Street. As the founder of the community of Franklinton, on the west bank, he strove to meet the growing transportation needs of the area’s 700 residents that had relied solely on ferry service to cross the river. The wooden, open-deck, toll bridge was widely used except on Sundays when travel was limited to those attending church and family gatherings.

Upon Sullivant’s death in 1823, son Joseph inherited the aging bridge and oversaw its reconstruction and eventual sale for $10,000 to make way for the federally built National Road (Main Street, High Street, and Broad Street) through Franklin County.

The new National Road crossing, completed in 1834, was a Town’s lattice truss covered bridge. The 340-foot long wooden structure was supported by a single river pier and abutments at each end, all built with locally quarried stone. Oak pegs were used in the superstructure instead of nails.

The popular toll-free bridge withstood the wear and tear of cattle drives, heavy wagons, and flooding until it was replaced in 1882.

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