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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.
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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
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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
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Franklin County Engineer
Schleppi Road, between Fancher Road and Walnut Street, is now open to traffic.
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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
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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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Highway Chronicle Chapter 1

Highway Chronicle Chapter 1

Native American Paths Serve as Early Roads

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Metropolitan Columbus has not always been a maze of highways, roads and streets. In fact, shortly after the founding of Ohio and Franklin County in 1803, the only means of travel were by buffalo traces, Native American paths, and swift flowing rivers.

‘Roads’ throughout the state were those wild thoroughfares with the fewest tree stumps, potholes and brush. But access to the central Ohio area that would become Columbus could not be denied.

One of the most significant Native American routes, adopted by pioneers, was the Scioto Trail that followed the Scioto, Little Scioto, and Sandusky Rivers from Lower Shawnee Town (Portsmouth) north to Lake Erie. The widely traveled path illustrated the economic and social importance of roadways, serving as a lifeline for the frontier settlements of Chillicothe, Franklinton, and Worthington. Proximity to the trail was a deciding factor in locating Columbus at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers.

A need for less cumbersome travel to Newark leads the state legislature to incorporate the Franklin Turnpike Company in 1816. Settler and surveyor Lucas Sullivant, founder of Franklinton, guided the civic organization that oversaw the joining of old trails with newly built roads to establish the area’s first official highway.

By 1820, entrepreneur Philip Zinn was operating the first weekly mail and passenger stagecoach service to Newark, Lancaster, Chillicothe, Springfield and Worthington. An early advertisement proclaimed that a trip from Cincinnati, through Dayton and Columbus, to Upper Sandusky could be made in four days, traveling 50 miles per day.