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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
#TeamFCEO attended the Pre-Bid Information Session for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County which provided networking opportunities with minority owned businesses.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO participated in the Franklin County Futures Job Fair where we shared information about employment opportunities at our office. It was a great event!
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Smiley Road, between Fishinger Road and Hilliard-Cemetery Road, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, for roadway maintenance. This closure is expected to last one day, weather permitting. Local Access will be maintained.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Thanks to everyone who attended the Opportunities Job Fair! We had a great time meeting with people excited to learn about our internship and seasonal opportunities at the FCEO. If you are still interested in joining #TeamFCEO, please visit https://www.franklincountyengineer.org/employment/ to learn more.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has declared a LEVEL ONE Snow Emergency. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Highway Chronicle Chapter 7

Highway Chronicle Chapter 7

New Pavement Techniques are Celebrated

working people
working people

In 1867, High Street, between Friend and Naghten Streets, became the first paved boulevard in Franklin County when wooden blocks were laid side by side nearly a foot deep in the earthen surface.

Asphalt pavement, which evolved from the mixing of coal tar with roadway aggregates to create firmly bound surfaces, was heralded with a promenade concert at the State House in 1873 following the resurfacing of High Street.

Colonel N.B. Abbott was contracted to build the county’s first pavements with asphalt, imported from Trinidad, on State Street, from High Street to Third Avenue, in 1876, and a three-mile stretch of High Street, from Naghten Street to the Columbus north corporation line, in 1877.

Heavy wear led to the reconstruction of High Street in the downtown area with Medina Stone and Georgia Granite block in 1885, and later Trinidad Asphalt in 1915.

George Bartholomew, inventor and founder of The Buckeye Portland Cement Company, was honored at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago for his construction of the nation’s first concrete streets in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1891. This accolade inspired another famed inventor, Milan, Ohio native Thomas Edison to further develop the new road-building technology. The Edison Portland Cement Company laid the nation’s “first mile” of concrete pavement, in 1912, during the construction of the Morris Turnpike (S.R. 57) near New Village, New Jersey.

Ohio’s first major stretch of concrete highway was laid in 1923 during the construction of the Warren G. Harding Highway (U.S. Route 30), near Lima, which was part of the cross-country Lincoln Highway system.

In 1925, Broad Street became the first thoroughfare in Franklin County to be paved with concrete.