Courtesy Parkway Extension


GDOT Project #: 0006934
Type: New Construction
Project Length: 1.5 miles
Affected Counties: Rockdale
Condemning Authority: Rockdale County DOT, GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 21
Estimated Cost: $30,889,932.26
Right-of-Way Funds: $10,607,000


A joint project between GDOT and the Rockdale County DOT will create a new connecting road between Old Covington Highway to Flat Shoals Road. The road will bridge over I-20 and relieve some traffic on McDonough Highway.

The planned road will comprise three travel lanes in an undivided roadway, and the bridge over I-20 would be wide enough to accommodate five lanes in preparation for future growth. The plan includes curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, as well as intersection improvements with new turning lanes alone the path and at the end points.

The project length totals 1.5 miles of all-new roadway, meaning that properties along the path stand to lose significant portions of land.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Even at a length of just 1.5 miles, a new construction project means serious consequences for property owners. Unlike widening projects, new construction is more likely to take all of a property. The DOT projects that two businesses will be entirely displaced, and one church will be partially displaced. Other property owners in the path stand to lose significant land as well.

New construction taking can make remaining properties awkward in the context of setbacks and zoning laws, and the DOT may not tell you what long-term effects a taking will have on your property or ability to use it. Utilities may need to be rerouted, and drainage easements will also be a concern. For property owners in the area, the potential harm cannot be understated.

In addition to the new road and drainage easements, GDOT may also take construction easements, and the construction process may cause harm to property owners via inverse condemnation.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

There’s still time exercise your rights if you have not accepted GDOT’s initial offer. The government has allocated more than $10.6 million to compensate property owners, but it will try to buy your property for as little as possible. In many cases, we find that the initial offer is often significantly lower than the value of what’s taken. You are not required to accept the government’s initial offer!

You have the right to fair compensation for property the government takes. That could be significantly more than the first offer. Compensation for lost business income, impacts to non-profits, or expenses like relocation are almost never included. We can help you fight for them!

As long as you do not accept the initial offer, you can fight for more and we can help. Call 1-888-391-1339 or contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary case evaluation.

We do not take an attorney’s fee unless we increase the government’s offer, and our fee only comes from the increased amount – our no fee guarantee. Further, we front the costs of fighting your case and if we’re unable to increase the government’s offer to you, you don’t pay them. We do. That is how confident we are that we can assist you.

Project Maps

Courtesy Parkway Extension Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – Current

Construction Begins – 2023

End Construction – TBD

Affected Parcels

An estimated 21 parcels of property will be affected by the Courtesy Parkway Extension project in Rockdale County. Property owners may lose significant amounts of land, representing significant financial value and usability. For homeowners and commercial property owners in the path of the project, it is critical to understand that the government’s initial offer is just that – initial. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer.

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evaluation today.

There are only a handful of attorneys in GA who practice eminent domain exclusively. And even fewer with DOT experience. That’s why it’s always worth it to get a free case evaluation.

Here’s how it works:

1) Tell us about your situation.

2) We research your property as needed, using DOT maps, our own technology, and experience to see the exact effects.

3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
pressure or obligation to hire us after.

But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.

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