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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 Twenty-Four

Surveyor’s Journal Entry Twenty-Four

Highway Act Transforms Central Ohio

One of the most challenging eras for surveyors occurred following World War II when President Eisenhower promoted the development of a “National System of Interstate Highways” that could serve military supply and evacuation needs. The massive plan was funded through the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, which authorized the construction of the nation’s first multi-lane interstate highways, and the modernization of state and local routes.

Surveyors were immediately dispatched across the state to gather topographic and cadastral information necessary for the mapping of proposed highway locations and the preparation of right-of-way and construction plans. Center lines and survey monuments were also reset along most major thoroughfares in preparation for their future improvement and link to the interstate system.

At the numerous construction sites, surveyors provided precise dimensional control for project boundaries, land excavations, and the layout of the new roadways, bridges, ramps, and drainage facilities.

Interstate highways eventually built through Franklin County include I-70 (1962), I-71 (1966), I-270 (1976), and I-670 (2003).

Major federal and state routes include Broad Street (S.R. 16 & U.S. 40), Cleveland Avenue/Westerville Road (S.R. 3), Dublin-Granville Road (S.R. 161), Hamilton Road (S.R. 317), Harrisburg Pike (S.R. 3 & U.S. 62), High Street/Indianola Avenue/Portsmouth-Columbus Road (U.S. 23), Jackson Pike (S.R. 104), Johnstown Road (U.S. 62), London-Groveport Road (S.R. 665), Main Street (U.S. 40), Riverside Drive/Livingston Avenue/Columbus-Lancaster Road (U.S. 33), and State Route 315.

The development of fast and efficient travel across central Ohio not only improved mobility but contributed to the dramatic growth of suburban communities such as Grove City, Hilliard, Dublin, Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, and Canal Winchester. Even Columbus extended its boundaries miles beyond its 1950 limits to supply water and sewer services to growing areas.

These expansive changes to Franklin County’s population, land, and transportation infrastructure left a lasting legacy that continues to define the county engineer’s duty to oversee annexations, new municipal and township boundaries, and county tax map and road map revisions.