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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.
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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.
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
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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 Seven

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Seven

Original Maps Set Parameters for Land Development

Even though Ohio’s population was less than the 60,000 required for statehood, Congress was confident that its efforts to allocate and sell public land would result in steady growth. The slow but sure success of the Virginia Military District to attract war veterans to the region exemplified the need to establish political subdivisions that could accommodate an influx of permanent settlers.

The first step in opening up the new state was to create a comprehensive map that set the basic geographic parameters for land development.

While researching potential locations for Worthington, in 1802, Deputy Surveyor James Kilbourne used the land records, survey journals, and maps housed in Deputy Surveyor Thomas Worthington’s Chillicothe office to compile the first map of Ohio. A fairly accurate recollection of Native American territory had been given by Deputy Surveyor John Fitch, a captive during the American Revolution who later invented the first steam powered boat (1787).

Surveyor General Rufus Putnam then elaborated upon the work of U.S. Geographer Thomas Hutchins and James Kilbourne to create the first official map of Ohio, which he submitted to Congress and the Ohio Legislature in January 1804. The division of land was now certifiable and political subdivisions could be established.