SR 20 Widening Project (Union Hill Rd. to East Cherokee Dr.)


GDOT Project #: 0014132
Type: Road Widening
Project Length: 3.9 miles
Affected Counties: Cherokee
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 131
Estimated Cost: $72,898,688
Right-of-Way Funds: 27,180,000


This GDOT construction project will widen and reconstruct State Route 20 (Cumming Highway) in Cherokee County. The project area will run from east of Union Hill Road to east of East Cherokee Drive. SR 20 will be widened from three to six lanes, with three lanes in each direction. The road will also have a 20-foot raised median, and shoulders with curb and gutter.

On the north side of the road, from Cherokee Veterans Park to Smithwick Creek, the sidewalk will be replaced with a multi-use path. The goal of the project is to reduce crashes, relieve congestion, and improve mobility. The length for this segment of the SR 20 widening project is approximately 3.9 miles.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Doubling the size of the roadway will have a significant impact on the surrounding here. In addition, the construction of a median will drastically alter how side roads and driveways can be accessed from the main road. A median makes it so drivers can only perform U-turns at designated crossings. These U-turn crossings may move over the course of the project, too. Will the limited number of R-cuts and full median breaks impact access for you and your equipment to your factory, farm, or business?

If your home or business will be or is already impacted, the first and most important question you may have is how much your case is worth. Naturally, the answer is not straightforward. Every case and situation is unique. And proving why your compensation should be greater can require a lot of resources, like appraisers, land engineers, and more. But won’t the government appraise the property for you and make an offer? Just like any buyer, the government is seeking a good deal on your land.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

For homeowners and commercial property owners in the path of this project, it is critical to understand that the government’s initial offer is just that. We do not recommend you accept the initial offer. You can and should fight for more. Call 1-888-391-1339 or contact us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

Consider this the start of a negotiation and call the Georgia Eminent Domain Law Firm to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. Four of our attorneys used to work for a state DOT, and now use that inside knowledge to fight for property owners. Take advantage of our free case evaluation to try to ensure you’re not leaving money on the table.

At our firm, we don’t charge hourly fees, and the initial offer from the government is entirely yours. We also advance all costs of fighting your case. We only charge an attorney’s fee at all if we’re successful in getting GDOT to increase their initial offer – our no fee guarantee.2

Project Map

SR 20 Widening Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – ongoing

Construction Begins – 2023

Affected Parcels

An estimated 131 parcels of property will be affected by this leg of the SR 20 widening project. These property owners may lose a portion of their properties, or a significant amount of their value. 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
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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