SR 138/I-20 Interchange


GDOT Project #:731048
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 0.57 miles
Affected Counties: Rockdale
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 36
Estimated Cost: $81,711,595
Right-of-Way Funds: $22,254,156


The busy SR 138 and I-20 interchange is set to be widened by GDOT, including work to the bridge that carries I-20 traffic over SR 138. The area is dense with commercial properties, businesses, and traffic. GDOT plans to widen SR 138 and reconfigure the interchange into an urban single point interchange.

With a total length of just over half a mile, the project will still have wide-ranging impact. GDOT is reconstructing the existing six lane bridge with a new two-span eight lane bridge extending over the westbound access ramp from Dogwood Drive. Underneath, the new facility will have four through lanes and exclusive left turn lanes for each direction for SR 138.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Though the project may be short in length, the area is full of busy commercial properties. Some of those properties may be losing land at the very least, while others could see even greater disruption as entrances are relocated, traffic reflowed, and even structures may be rendered nonconforming.

Property owners around the project should be wary of more than just land takings. GDOT may also take from property owners via temporary and permanent easements and could damage properties via inverse condemnation.

Given the commercial nature of the area, property values may be high – and greatly affected by the damage any takings cause.

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 $19 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.

News and Publications

The Rockdale Newton Citizen

Project Maps

I-20 Interchange Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – Now

Start Construction – 2024

End Construction – TBD

Affected Parcels

An estimated 36 parcels of property will be affected by the SR 138/I-20 Interchange 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.

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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