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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
Harlem Road, between E. Dublin-Granville Road and Warner Road, is closed for bridge maintenance. This closure is expected to last one day, weather permitting.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Clime Road North, between Clime Road and Georgesville Road, is now open to traffic.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
We’re only a few days into fall but snow and ice preparations are underway! #TeamFCEO has been working hard getting our vehicles and equipment ready for the upcoming winter season. #winteriscoming
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Clime Road North, between Clime Road and Georgesville Road, is closed for bridge improvements. This closure is expected to last two days, weather permitting.
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Franklin County Engineer
As we conclude another great #RoundaboutsWeek, we are happy to announce that the Morse Road at Babbitt Road improvement project is progressing well. Our contractor, Strawser Paving Inc., is working diligently to keep this project on schedule. Check back soon for updates.
Franklin County Engineer
Franklin County Engineer
Roundabouts have proven to be safe and beneficial to our communities. FCEO-maintained roundabouts follow national trends by decreasing overall crashes and crash related injuries. Let's keep decreasing crashes by always being alert and cautious when driving through roundabouts.
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 Ten

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Ten

U.S. Congress Lands Surveyed Under Land Ordinance of 1796

In 1798, Congress set aside all of the land south of the U.S. Military District, bordered by the Scioto River to the west, the Ohio River to south, and the Seven Ranges to the east, for sale by the Federal Government.

The U.S. Congress Lands, covering the southeast region of Franklin County, were surveyed by Deputy Surveyors John Mathews and Ebenezer Buckingham in 1799.

This was the first survey in Franklin County to be conducted under the Land Ordinance of 1796, which called for all townships to be uniformly measured six miles square and then divided into 36 one-mile square sections, each containing 640 acres.

Although the land ordinance of 1785 initiated the use of the rectangular system for the survey of government lands in the Northwest Territory, it did not provide specific, legal guidelines for deputy surveyors to follow.

The 1796 legislation required that all surveys be astronomical and use true meridian and parallel lines; that field books, containing a complete description of the land and location of monuments and witness trees, be the primary evidence on which plats are based; that plats be recorded in books to be kept by local and federal government entities as a matter of public record; and that deputy surveyors’ pay be increased from two dollars per mile run to three dollars.

Within the U.S. Congress Lands of Franklin County, the following political subdivisions were eventually established:

Hamilton Township (1807)
Madison Township (1809)
Village of Lockbourne within Hamilton Township (1831)
Town of Groveport within Madison Township (1847)
Town of Canal Winchester within Madison Township (annexed 1851), which was originally part of Violet Township in Fairfield County (1828)

In 1801, Congress Lands along the northern boundary with the U.S. Military District were reallocated for settlement by Revolutionary War refugees from Canada.