McGinnis Ferry Road Interchange


GDOT Project #: 0013104
Type: New Construction
Project Length: 0.8 miles
Affected Counties: Gwinnett
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 16
Estimated Cost: $23,742,028
Right-of-Way Funds: $6,062,000


GDOT will create a new interchange at McGinnis Ferry Road and I-85 Veterans Parkway in Gwinnett County. A two-phase project, this first phase involves construction of south-facing ramps from McGinnis Ferry Road onto I-85, which will create a half-diamond interchange. The full diamond design will completed in phase two of the project.

The first phase also includes improvements to McGinnis Ferry Road on both sides of the bridge, including widening the road, and replacing the sidewalk and shared use path. The bridge itself will get median modifications, and the intersection of McGinnis Ferry and Autumnbrooke Way would be changed to a “Reduced Conflict U-Turn” or RCUT.

This first phase may also include sound barriers and noise reduction structures. The project comprises just under a mile of roadway, but damage to property owners and disruption to traffic may be severe.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

GDOT expects the project to impact 16 parcels, and the change to the Autumnbrooke Way intersection may impact the accessibility for homeowners in the neighborhood beyond. Even though less than a mile in length, there could be significant damage done to residential and commercial property owners – some of which may not be obvious to the untrained eye.

To that point, GDOT estimates that the project will affect 16 parcels, but classifies one as residential and none as businesses. However, land along Interstate exits is prime commercial property, and owners should be aware that the value of their land may be far greater than they know – or that GDOT will tell them.

The project may easily impact parcels from which it takes no land by creating new easements for drainage or construction, and the construction process may 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 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.

Project Maps

McGinnis Exchange Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – current

Start Construction – 2022

End Construction – 2024

Affected Parcels

An estimated 16 parcels of property will be affected by the Courtesy Parkway Extension project in Rockdale 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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