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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
As we conclude another great #RoundaboutsWeek, we are happy to announce that the Morse Road at Babbitt Road improvement project is progressing well. Our contractor, Strawser Paving Inc., is working diligently to keep this project on schedule. Check back soon for updates.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Roundabouts have proven to be safe and beneficial to our communities. FCEO-maintained roundabouts follow national trends by decreasing overall crashes and crash related injuries. Let's keep decreasing crashes by always being alert and cautious when driving through roundabouts.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
As we celebrate #HispanicHeritageMonth, we highlight Evelyn Cortez-Davis. She is a civil engineer who earned her degree from UCLA. She is the first Latina appointed Director of Water Engineering and Technical Services for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Engineer Robertson hosted a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Civil Engineering Career Expo in conjunction with HBCU Week to introduce students to career opportunities in the Central Ohio area. Thank you to all that participated in this great event.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
With more and more roundabouts coming to Central Ohio, it is always important to know how to navigate them safely and efficiently. Check out this video from our neighbors at New Albany, Ohio Government, discussing roundabout reminders. #RoundaboutsWeek
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
As we celebrate National Roundabouts Week, we want to help you understand why we support roundabouts. Our friends from the Durham Region put together a great video that highlights the benefits of roundabouts. Check it out!
Franklin County Engineer's Office
970 DUBLIN ROAD
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
(614) 525-3030
fracoeng@franklincountyengineer.org
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Surveying and Land History

Surveying and Land History

To understand the evolution of Franklin County, one must explore Ohio’s rich surveying history and how it influenced the measurement and division of our local land.

Long before Ohio became a state, it was a Native American territory that was eventually claimed by different nations and colonies. The variety and number of these claims caused Ohio to have more original surveys than any other state.

The first surveyors lived a hard life threatened by the perils of the wilderness far from civilization and family.

The endless forests, tall grasses, and rugged terrain of Ohio made tracking difficult. With only a chain for measurement and a compass for navigation, it is easy to understand why there are discrepancies in some of the original surveys.

Following the American Revolution, the federal government appointed “Deputy Surveyors” to oversee and implement the first survey standards.

Typical compensation, shared by surveyors and their crews, was two to three dollars for each mile measured. In some cases, surveyors were paid with land, which resulted in making them original settlers with large land holdings.

Surveyors guided the development of the new frontier as they clarified land titles and property boundaries, and helped to layout the first roadways and towns that would become the fabric of our state and county. We invite you to explore this fascinating history through our Surveyor’s Journal web pages.