I-20 East Interchange Improvements Project


GDOT Project #: 731048
Type: Roadway/Interchange Capacity
Project Length: 0.3 miles
Affected Counties: Rockdale
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 32
Estimated Cost: $81,711,595
Right-of-Way Funds: $19,230,000


GDOT proposes to reconfigure and widen the existing SR 138/SR 20 (Walnut Grove Road/McDonough Highway) at the I-20 diamond interchange in Rockdale County with a single point urban interchange (SPUI). A portion of the project is located within the City of Conyers. The proposed project consists of reconstructing the existing six lane bridge  (four through lanes, two left turn lanes) for SR 138/SR 20 over I-20 with a new two-span eight lane bridge that spans both I-20 and the new westbound access ramp from Dogwood Drive. The new bridge will consist of four through lanes with exclusive dual-left turn lanes in each direction.  A single lane roundabout is also proposed at the intersection of Dogwood Drive and the western entrance to Conyers Plaza.

GDOT claims that the existing interchange has higher than average crash rates and injury rates compared to statewide averages The goal of this proposed project is to alleviate future traffic congestion and to reduce accidents and injuries at the SR 138/SR 20 and I-10 interchange.

Public Information Open Houses were held on October 11, 2016 and December 3, 2019.

The intersection reconstruction may improve traffic congestion and safety, but property owners on the planned route should be aware of the changes being made and how their properties may be affected by both the process, construction, and resulting traffic patterns.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

As usual, property owners stand to lose some or all of their property when the government decides it is needed for the public good. GDOT will make offers, but it’s important to remember that those offers may be low. Like any other buyer, GDOT wants to buy as affordably as possible. It probably will not include things like relocation expenses or lost business income in the initial offer. You must fight for that compensation!

There may be drainage and utility easements taken, which can be very tricky from a property rights standpoint.

Contact us if you believe your property may be affected by this interchange reconstruction, and we can discuss your circumstances and options.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

Even though the government can take your land, you still have rights. GDOT has set aside an estimated $19,230,000 for right-of-way acquisition for this project – but there may be surrounding circumstances that could complicate matters.

You have the right to fair compensation for your property. Remember: the initial offer is just the beginning as long as you do not accept it. You can fight for more. 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 GDOT’s offer, and our fee only comes from the increased amount – this is our “no fee guarantee.” The initial offer is entirely yours, regardless of what you do next or what we may be able to obtain. And, we front the costs of fighting your case. 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

I-20 East Interchange Improvements Project Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2022

Utilities – 2024

Start Construction – 2024

Affected Parcels

An estimated 32 parcels of property will be affected by the I-20 East interchange improvements in Rockdale County. GDOT may take all or part of your property and will offer you compensation for it. But it is important to understand that GDOT’s initial offer may not be their final offer. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer without contacting a skilled eminent domain attorney.

Get a free case
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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