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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
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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 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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