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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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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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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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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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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 Sixteen

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Sixteen

First Columbus Land Sale is Held at the Start of the War of 1812

Sale of land in Columbus began on June 18, 1812, the same day that the United States declared war on Great Britain.

The original in-town lots were 62.5 feet wide and 187.5 feet deep. The front property lines would be bordered by streets and the back lines by 33-foot wide alleyways.

Out-lots, containing about three acres each, were those located farthest from the center of town.

The most desirable properties along the planned High and Broad Streets were priced as high as $1,000 per lot. Out-lots cost in the range of $200.

The proprietors’ “terms of sale” required the purchaser to have a down payment of one fifth of the purchase price and agree to pay-off the balance in four equal annual installments. Interest was charged for late payments and an eight percent discount was given to those who met all of their loan obligations on time.

The initial sale lasted only three days, but brought together an industrious community of about 50 purchasers that immediately started clearing the land for the eventual construction of streets, houses, inns, and shops.