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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 Black History Month, we recognize the Alaska Highway Veterans who were a group of nearly 4,000 African American Soldiers in the United States Army Corps of Engineers who helped build the Alaska Highway in 1942 under a tight schedule and rough climate conditions.
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Franklin County Engineer is with Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
#TeamFCEO attended the Franklin County Treasurer's Office Annual Black History Month Celebration. The theme, African Americans and the Arts: How Black Creatives are Shaping the Narrative, supports the work and contributions of local artists in the community.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
A huge shoutout to the incredible crews who worked tirelessly this morning to clear away the aftermath of the storm! Your hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. Our community is safer and more resilient, thanks to your efforts. #TeamFCEO
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Taylor Station Road between Taylor Road and Havens Corners Road is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
#TeamFCEO participated in a panel discussion titled “Reimagining an Inclusive Equitable Future in Transportation” hosted by Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and COMTO Columbus (Conference of Minority Transportation Officials) to discuss how to make our growing region even more inclusive. The event was informative and engaging.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Taylor Station Road between Taylor Road and Havens Corners Road is closed due to down power lines and a vehicle crash. The road will remain closed until repairs are made the road is clear for travel.
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.