CR 72 Widening


GDOT Project #: 0013700
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 2.7 miles
Affected Counties: Paulding
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 133
Estimated Cost: $32,848,767
Right-of-Way Funds: $6,299,000



Cedarcrest Road, also known as County Route 72, will be widened from Harmony Grove Church Road to the Cobb County Line. GDOT plans to take the current two-lane road and widen it to four lanes. The new roadway will have sidewalk facilities on both sides of the thoroughfare. The finished road will have two 11’ lanes traveling in each direction, a 20’ raised median, a 5’ sidewalk on both sides with a 10’ urban shoulder.

The route passes four major intersections, with roundabouts proposed at both Bentwater Drive and Graves Road. Altogether, the widened road will grow from a 80-100’ right of way to a varying width, with 120’ being typical. GDOT anticipates the project will affect 133 parcels, and will need temporary and permanent easements along the 2.7-mile project path.


Business and Homeowner Concerns

Widening projects and intersection redesigns, especially roundabouts, call for more land. GDOT will be taking at least some of 133 parcels in the path. Bridges along the path may also be modified.

If you own commercial or residential property along the project path, you stand to lose some or all of it. Even if you get to keep your land, you may suffer severe disruptions in your ability to enjoy or benefit from your property. Noise and traffic concerns will also increase, as the road can handle double the traffic. Access to properties, especially commercial properties and businesses, could be dramatically and detrimentally altered. Parking and other necessary space may be reduced or eliminated entirely. Buildings may become non-conforming.

GDOT may also 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 $6.3 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 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.

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Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2023

Start Construction – 2027

End Construction – TBD

Affected Parcels

An estimated 133 parcels of property will be affected by the CR 72 widening project in Paulding 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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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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