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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 6

Highway Chronicle Chapter 6

Demands for Better Travel Lead to Road Alternatives

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Columbus was becoming a major commercial and government center noted for its financial and legal institutions, the state penitentiary, restaurants, hotels, shops, buggy and carriage works, breweries, foundries, textiles, rock quarries, agriculture, and livestock.

The rising prosperity created new challenges to the highway system that would ultimately lead to a public outcry for different and more efficient modes of transportation.

A viable alternative was the Ohio & Erie Canal, located between Cleveland and Portsmouth, completed in 1832 at a cost of $4.2 million. The 308-mile long waterway passed through Canal Winchester and Lockbourne, and was linked to Columbus by an 11-mile long feeder canal. The local channel system, fed by the Scioto River and Big and Little Walnut Creeks, was a major freight and passenger route that provided mud-free travel until its closure in 1904.

The slow, horse drawn canal boats were overshadowed by the “iron horse” railroads that began operation in Ohio in the 1850s. Notable railroads, such as the Baltimore & Ohio, and the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis, would monopolize long distance freight and passenger travel throughout the nation for nearly a century, establishing Columbus as a key station, roundhouse, and freight yard location.