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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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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Surveyor’s Journal Entry Fourteen

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Fourteen

Columbus is Chosen to be the State Capital

Nearly a decade after its organization, Ohio still sought a permanent location for its capital. Chillicothe served as the first provisional seat of government, from 1803 to 1810, before the legislature relocated to Zanesville, and then back to Chillicothe in 1812.

The communities of Delaware, Dublin, Franklinton, and Worthington had all been under consideration until Valentine’s Day 1812 when the legislature ratified a plan proposed by Franklin County landholders Lyne Starling (Lucas Sullivant’s brother-in-law), James Johnston, Alexander McLaughlin, and John Kerr. They had purchased land and land warrants from Canadian refugees and their agents to form a proprietorship dedicated to the building of a new capital on the high bank of the Scioto River, opposite Franklinton. Their property, not far from the geographical center of the state, was described as “ native forest on half sections number twenty-five and twenty-six, and part of half sections number ten and eleven, all in Montgomery Township five, range twenty-two of the Refugee Tract.”

The name “Columbus,” honoring explorer Christopher Columbus, was suggested by state senator and prominent Franklinton resident Joseph Foos during his introduction of legislation to create the new capital.

The proprietors agreed to designate a ten acre square for the situation of public buildings and an additional ten acres for the penitentiary. They also agreed to erect or cover the construction costs of the new state house, penitentiary, and other public buildings, as requested by the legislature, in exchange for their ability to apportion and sell land.

Federal Architect Joel Wright, from Niles, Ohio and Franklin County Surveyor Joseph Vance were selected by the Ohio Legislature to survey and layout the new town in a manner similar to the popular urban designs of Colonial America.