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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.
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#TeamFCEO attended the Franklin County Treasurer's Office Annual Black History Month Celebration. The theme, African Americans and the Arts: How Black Creatives are Shaping the Narrative, supports the work and contributions of local artists in the community.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
A huge shoutout to the incredible crews who worked tirelessly this morning to clear away the aftermath of the storm! Your hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. Our community is safer and more resilient, thanks to your efforts. #TeamFCEO
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Taylor Station Road between Taylor Road and Havens Corners Road is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO participated in a panel discussion titled “Reimagining an Inclusive Equitable Future in Transportation” hosted by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and COMTO Columbus (Conference of Minority Transportation Officials) to discuss how to make our growing region even more inclusive. The event was informative and engaging.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Taylor Station Road between Taylor Road and Havens Corners Road is closed due to down power lines and a vehicle crash. The road will remain closed until repairs are made the road is clear for travel.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Highway Chronicle Chapter 4

Highway Chronicle Chapter 4

Original Franklin County Highways are Built

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In 1826, the general assembly approved legislation incorporating the Columbus & Sandusky Turnpike Company to build a highway to the Lake Erie region. The 106-mile long turnpike was opened in 1834 for $75,000. The compacted clay and loam surface, however, proved to be inferior to macadam construction and was often described by disgruntled travelers as “the long line of mud.”

Corduroy roadways, consisting of logs embedded side by side across mud-prone areas, were constructed to provide passable surfaces. Heavy use eventually caused them to slump and become hazardously bumpy.

Building plank roads with 8-foot long boards laid upon an extensive 16-foot wide framework of stringers was another early innovation, but maintaining the wooden members was arduous work.

Despite the lack of uniformity in construction, a highway boom across Franklin County eventually included the Columbus & Portsmouth Turnpike (1847), Columbus & Harrisburg Turnpike (1849), Columbus & Worthington Plank Road, replacing the Franklin County section of the Columbus & Sandusky Turnpike (1850), Columbus & Groveport Turnpike (1850), Johnstown Plank Road (1852), Columbus & Granville Turnpike (1852), Franklin & Jackson Turnpike (1852), Columbus & Sunbury Plank Road (1852); and the Clinton & Blendon Plank Road to Westerville (1854).

These early thoroughfares were operated by incorporated highway companies that financed construction and maintenance costs through stock sales, toll collections, and government appropriations.