I-85 at SR 138 (Jonesboro Road) Reconstruction


GDOT Project #: 0007842
Type: Road reconstruction
Project Length: 1.9 miles
Affected Counties: Fulton
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 61
Estimated Cost: $56,222,448
Right-of-Way Funds: $13,642,765


This GDOT project will make significant upgrades to the Interstate 85 and State Route (SR) 138 interchange and surrounding SR 138 corridor. The project’s goals include:

  • reconstructing the interchange
  • extending two I-85 ramps
  • widening SR 138 from Goodson Connector to Lester Road/Miles Terrace

The existing interchange will be converted to a diverging diamond interchange, sometimes called a double crossover diamond. This design allows vehicles to cross to the opposite side of the road onto freeway ramps without waiting for a signal. The entire SR 138 corridor will be widened to three lanes of travel in each direction.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

The goal of the project is to improve efficiency, mobility, and capacity in the area. In addition, the project aims to decrease traffic congestion and reduce crash rate and severity. With these ambitious construction goals, the impact on local property owners is expected to be significant.

In addition to work on the roadway, the lack of adequate pedestrian and cyclist facilities on either side of the interchange will be addressed. While new sidewalks enhance safety and walkability, their construction can also heavily impact local property owners. Traffic signals will also need to be upgraded all along the corridor and there will be closures, such as access to Oakley Road east of the interchange.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

The government can take your land but you are entitled to just compensation. GDOT has allocated more than $13.6 million to compensate property owners, but beware: In many cases, we find that the initial offer is often significantly lower than the value of what’s being taken.

For example, compensation for lost business income, impacts to non-profits, or expenses like relocation are almost never included. We can help you fight for them!

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. That is how confident we are that we can assist you.

News and Publications

GDOT: Union City in line for road relief, more safety, Marietta Daily Journal

Project Map

SR 138 Interchange Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2023

Start Construction – 2026

Affected Parcels

An estimated 61 parcels of property will be affected by the I-85 at SR 138 (Jonesboro Road) reconstruction project. Property owners may lose significant amounts of land representing significant financial value. For homeowners and business owners in the path of the project, it is critical to understand that the government’s initial offer is just that. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer.


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3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
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