Revive I-285

Fast Facts

GDOT Project #: 0001758
Type: Reconstruction, Rehabilitation
Project Length: 10.5 miles
Affected Counties: Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: TBD
Estimated Cost: $586,715,906
Right-of-Way Funds: $431,000,000


The northern stretch of I-285 will see a number of improvements, including a significant overhaul around SR 400, including express lanes on the latter and flyover bridges at the interchange between the two roads. This project promises to add significant capacity, but as always, much of it will come from taking property for the new lanes, redesigned bridges, and interchanges.

Note that his project is an umbrella, and covers many other projects along its path. The full length of the project may cover well over 20 miles. GDOT has been working on this project – and others within it – since 2003.

Business and homeowner concerns

Hundreds of property owners are going to be affected by this project. Whether or not GDOT is taking your land, the construction itself is ambitious enough to cause issues. If your property is being taken, the damage to its value will vary depending on what route its being taken for. No matter what, more traffic is coming.

There may be drainage and utility easements taken, and construction easements that are “temporary” may last for many years on this project. Property owners should be extremely vigilant for damage via inverse condemnation.

What to do if your property is affected

GDOT can take your land, but not your rights. The government has set aside a staggering $431 million for right-of-way acquisition over the course of this project – but they will try to spend less. They’ll make offers to property owners in the path of the project, but if you accept that initial offer, you’re probably leaving money on the table. Possibly quite a lot!

You have the right to fair compensation. That initial offer from GDOT is just the beginning – as long as you do not accept it. 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 the government’s offer, and our fee only comes from the increased amount – our no fee guarantee. The initial offer is entirely yours regardless of what you do next or what we may be able to obtain. 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

I-285 Map

Estimated project schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – Now

Start Construction – Now

End Construction – TBD

Affected parcels

An estimated 110 parcels of property will be affected by the Revive I-285 project in Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties. The project includes a massive budget for right-of-way takings, but that’s little respite for property owners in the path who have no choice but to sell some or all of it to the government. Whether your property is residential or commercial in nature, it is critical to understand that the government’s initial offer is just that – initial. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer.

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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