Jonesboro Road Widening


GDOT Project #: 342970
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 7.5 miles
Affected Counties: Clayton, Henry
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 200+
Estimated Cost: $89,742,294
Right-of-Way Funds: $17,576,000


GDOT is beginning its delayed plans to widen SR 920 (McDonough Road/Jonesboro Road) from just west of US 19/41 (Tara Boulevard) in Clayton County a bit more than 7.5 miles to its meeting with I-75 in Henry County. The road will become a four-lane road with turning lanes. Lanes will be 12-foot, and the new road will include 10-foot grass shoulders, 20-32-foot raised median, 4-foot bike lanes, curbs and gutters, and 5-foot sidewalks.

While the road-widening will shift from side to side along the current two-lane route to reduce environmental and property impacts, including intersection improvement and entry/exit ramps, the project represents a significant increase in the right of way to anywhere from 108 feet to 168 feet wide along the project corridor.



Business and Homeowner Concerns

Road widening along a busy corridor like Jonesboro Road comes with a number of headaches for area property owners. How much will GDOT take? Will they take part of your property or all of it? Will there be temporary or permanent easements for construction, drainage, or utilities? And what damage will be done to the property that they don’t take?

New travel lanes will creep ever closer to residences and business interests along the route. Will your property lose access? Will traffic flow make it difficult to get in or out? Will you lose parking, or will the taking make it impossible to improve your land? Plus, with so much going on, the threat of inverse condemnation is very real.

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 more than $17.5 million to compensate property owners, and the project is estimated to affect more than 200 parcels. 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 have to pay them back. That is how confident we are that we can assist you.

Project Maps

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2032

Utilities – 2035

Start Construction – 2035

End Construction – TBD

Affected Parcels

More than 200 parcels of property will be affected by the Jonesboro Road Widening project in Clayton and Henry Counties. 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. Take a look at this page which explains the issues you may need to consider when determining what your eminent domain case may be worth.

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

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

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