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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 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.