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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 9

Highway Chronicle Chapter 9

Auto Age Arrives, Ohio Highway Department Established

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I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.The Auto Age began in Franklin County in September 1899 when businessman Campbell T. Chittenden bought the region’s first “horseless carriage” from the Winton Motor Carriage Company in Cleveland. The $1,000 gas-powered vehicle could reach a maximum speed of 33 m.p.h.

Two months later, inventor Perry Okey built the first automobile in Columbus and “motored” around the county to much acclaim.

In 1903, 16 horseless carriage owners joined together to form the Columbus Automobile Club, and more than 10,000 spectators gathered at the Columbus Driving Park, on July 4, to witness daredevil Barney Oldfield break the automobile speed record by hitting 70 mph behind the wheel of a Peerless Green Dragon.

To help meet the challenges of growing automobile travel, the legislature established the Ohio Highway Department in 1905 and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles in 1906.

The highway department initially designated county surveyors to be their representatives in identifying and repairing roadway problems. They also oversaw the distribution of state funding derived from registration fees, first collected in 1908, and the two-cent per gallon gas tax initiated in 1925.

By 1930, there were 107,000 automobiles registered in Franklin County that accentuated the need for dramatically improved travel. At the time, there were still 183 miles of earthen roads and 386 miles of macadam roads that were dusty rut filled thoroughfares that often turned to mud.

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