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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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Surveyor’s Journal Entry Five

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Five

Franklinton and Worthington are the County’s First Towns

Gift Street was the first thoroughfare laid out in Franklinton by Deputy Surveyor Lucas Sullivant who gifted land around it to encourage settlers to stay in his fledgling community. Despite an abundance of fine farm and grazing land, and wild game, it was difficult, at first, to maintain a consistent populace. Floodwater from the Scioto River washed away many of the original cabins followed by seasonal outbreaks of fever.

By 1801, however, Franklinton’s population grew to the point where a schoolmaster, general store, and grist mill were needed. At the time, land was priced between one and two dollars per acre, making the community an economical destination for pioneers.

The town was laid out in a grid pattern of street blocks that contained fours lots each. The lots were 99 feet wide and 115 feet deep and abutted the rear of the next block. On the outskirts, lots varied in size from 100 to 200 acres.

Eight miles up the Olentangy (Whetstone) River, Deputy Surveyor James Kilbourne (President of The Scioto Land Company of Granby, Connecticut) scouted the sight for the town of Worthington in 1802. He chose 8,000 acres in the U.S. Military District that had been originally surveyed in 1797 by Deputy Surveyor Israel Ludlow (an assistant to Thomas Hutchins from Morristown, New Jersey and one of the founders of Cincinnati).

The town was divided into 160 three quarter acre lots with a 5-acre public green in the center. Farther out, farm lots ranged in size from 20 to 130 acres.

Named initially for the Hamlet of Worthington, Connecticut, it became generally accepted that esteemed Surveyor and Politician Thomas Worthington, who was a close Kilbourne associate, would be the community’s namesake.

By the time Ohio was admitted to the Union as the seventeenth state on March 1, 1803, there were nearly 400 land claims in Franklinton, which served as the county seat until 1824, and 100 in Worthington.