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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
Morse Road is closed between the county line and Babbitt Road for a bridge deck replacement. The road will remain closed for three weeks or until the replacement is completed.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
It's National Work Zone Awareness Week! This week, we will focus on raising awareness and encouraging drivers to use caution when driving through work zones. Let's protect our workers, pedestrians, and motorists! Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives. #NWZAW
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The Reese Road 0.23 over Big Walnut Creek project is underway. Complete General Construction Company is actively working on the demotion phase of this improvement project. Check back soon for updates.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Walker Road between Carter Road and Davis Road is now open to traffic.
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.