SR 211 Widening


GDOT Project #: 0016089
Type: Reconstruction, Rehabilitation
Project Length: 1.6 miles
Affected Counties: Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 59
Estimated Cost: $38,327,896
Right-of-Way Funds: $14,072,000


The norther leg of a two part project to widen SR 211 (Ga Hwy 221), this 1.6-mile project exists entirely in the town of Braselton, but still manages to involve Barrow, Gwinnett, and Hall Counties. Beginning where the southern leg of the project ends, this project will extend from Pinot Noir Drive north to the intersection of Friendship Road. Intersection improvements are planned along the route.

After significant updates, the project now includes four 11- to 12-foot wide lanes – two in each direction of travel – divided by a varying-width raised and landscaped median ranging from eight to 28 feet wide. Varying widths of sidewalks would be added to most of the project length, with buffer strips in places.

Also part of the project, the Duncan Creek Bridge would be replaced with a new 200-foot long, 84-foot wide structure with four, 12-foot travel lanes, a two-foot shoulder on either side, and a four-foot raised median. The southbound side of the bridge would have a 6.6-foot sidewalk, while the northbound side would get a 10-foot side path with a concrete buffer.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

For a project of this relatively short length, the effect on surrounding properties will be significant. Widening a road through a town always is, and replacing a bridge brings yet another layer of complexity. There are numerous homes and developments on this road, as well as a golf course and commercial interests.

Property owners should be aware of the effects this project could potentially have on their land – including the potential for many homeowners to find themselves closer to the noise and danger of traffic. GDOT may take property, or instead take a temporary or permanent easement: the right to use your land how they please. The construction process may result in inverse condemnation. If they’re forced to move, homeowners and businesses may be eligible for relocation expenses, and businesses may seek compensation for loss of income.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

The Georgia constitution requires the government to compensate property owners when it takes their land. In fact, more than $14 million in funding has been set aside for that purpose. However, GDOT won’t want to spend that much – like any buyer, it wants your property at the best price it can get. Remember this: when you receive your offer, you’re not required to accept it!

In our experience, your property is likely worth significantly more than GDOT’s initial offer. Plus, compensation for lost business income or expenses like relocation are never included. You have to fight for them!

The initial offer is just the beginning – as long as you do not accept it. We can help you 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.

News and Publications

The Gainesville Times Ga. 211 widening going nowhere

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution GDOT Virtual Open House on Ga. 211 widening

Project Maps

SR 211 Map 1

SR 211 Map 2

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2024

Start Construction – 2026

End Construction – 2030

Affected Parcels

An estimated 59 parcels of property will be affected by the SR 211 widening project in Braselton. 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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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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