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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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Highway Chronicle Chapter 3

Highway Chronicle Chapter 3

National Road is First Cross Country Route

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Declaring the importance of highways to the growth and vibrancy of the nation, President Jefferson signed legislation in 1806 to build the “National Road” that would carry settlers and commerce from Cumberland, Maryland to the American West. Ground was broken in 1811, and the section from Zanesville to Columbus was completed in 1833 at a cost of $320,000.

The route through Franklin County followed today’s East Main Street west to High Street, and north to Broad Street (U.S. Route 40) where it crossed the Scioto River on a newly constructed 340-foot long Town’s Lattice Truss covered bridge. The approximately 20 to 120-foot wide thoroughfare was praised for its macadam surface developed by Scottish Engineer John MacAdam (1756-1836).

A macadamized road featured a 12 to 18-inch deep base of large stone, a middle layer of smaller stone, and a top layer of compacted gravel and dirt that was gradually sloped for drainage into side ditches.

Toll gates were located every 10 miles to help finance construction and maintenance costs. A horseback rider paid six cents; stagecoaches drawn by two horses paid 12 cents; wagons drawn by a single horse or ox paid five cents; and those drawn by two animals paid 10 cents.

Beyond Columbus, National Road construction would continue seven more years through western Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois where it was completed at Vandalia in 1840.

To learn more about the National Road in Ohio, please visit the Ohio National Road Association web site.

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