Hammond Drive Widening

Fast Facts

GDOT Project #: N/A (City of Sandy Springs S2193/SSHDI)
Type: Widening
Project Length: 0.8 miles
Affected Counties: Fulton
Condemning Authority: Sandy Springs
Estimated Affected Parcels: 80+
Estimated Cost: $64,600,000
Right-of-Way Funds: $18,000,000


The city of Sandy Springs is moving forward with the widening the 0.8 mile section of Hammond Drive between Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive. This road handles more than 17,500 vehicles per day, which is over capacity for a two-lane road.

Plans are moving forward to widen the road to four lanes and add a multi-use path on both sides of the roadway. Grading adjustments are planned to improve sight distance, and green space is planned in the median. Roundabouts will be added to slow traffic, and four pedestrian crossings are planned, as there are currently none within the project length. Adjustments also aim to reduce neighborhood cut-through traffic

Acquisitions are already underway, and area property owners should be aware that the city may come calling.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Due to the additional multi-use facilities, roundabouts, grading, and new travel lanes, there may be a much greater need for right-of-way. Owners who may have thought they would not be affected could easily be in the path.

Takings may be a few feet or a much more invasive portion, depending on how the land and the road path intersect. And even the smallest taking can impact your property’s value, use, and compliance with local ordinances.

If you happen to own a home or commercial property along in the path of this project, an eminent domain taking could severely damage your property and the rights you have to use it, all while bringing traffic and noise closer to you.

The project will also affect drainage and possibly utilities, which may mean easements are taken. The city may also take construction easements, and the construction process may cause damage to property owners via inverse condemnation.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

It’s still your property until the government takes it. You still have rights, and there’s still time to exercise them if you have not accepted their offer. The government has allocated up to $18 million to compensate property owners. Remember: the government wants to buy your property for as little as possible. We find the initial offer to be significantly low in many cases. You are not required to accept the government’s initial offer!

Our state constitution gives you the right to fair compensation for what 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 have the opportunity to fight for more. 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

Hammond Drive Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – Current

Start Construction – TBD

End Construction – TBD

Affected Parcels

More than 80 parcels of property will be affected by the Hammond Drive widening in Fulton 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.

Call us at 1-888-391-1339 or contact us online as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

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