SR 24/US 129 From N of Apalachee River to CS 7/Astondale Rd


GDOT Project #: 0013613
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 6.25 miles
Affected Counties: Oconee
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 76
Estimated Cost: $44,546,569
Right-of-Way Funds: $7,480,000


Widen and reconstruct US441/SR 24 from north of the Apalachee River to CS 7/Astondale Road in Oconee County. The proposed typical section is 4-to-12-foot travel lanes with a 24-foot raised median. The approved project limits are all on the existing alignment of US 441. The overall project length is now 6.25 miles and has a design speed of 55 mph.

If you have property near SR 24/US 129 from north of Apalachee River to CS 7/Astondale Road, it’s important to be informed and ready when GDOT gives you an offer for it. While this project is intended to increase capacity and improve safety for the area, the process, construction, and resulting traffic patterns may significantly affect your property. Get prepared by being informed.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

The power of eminent domain gives the government the right to take your property for a project that will benefit the public good. However, the Fifth Amendment demands that the GDOT must make you an offer of fair compensation for your property.

This road widening project is a part of the US 441 Improvements for the Watkinsville Bypass Project, P.I. Nos. 0013613 and 0013617. It is needed to alleviate truck congestion to better accommodate current future demand due to the route’s inclusion in the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP). The GRIP will connect 95 percent of Georgia cities with populations of 2,500 or more to the Interstate Highway System. It will also place 98 percent of Georgia’s population within 20 miles of a four-lane road.

Common concerns for home and business owners include:

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

The government can take your land through the doctrine of eminent domain, but you have the right to fair compensation. The government’s initial offer isn’t final; you don’t have to accept it, nor should you. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

GDOT allocated an estimated $7,480,000 for right-of-way acquisition in 2023 for this project. We urge you to consult with an EMD attorney prior to accepting any GDOT offer. Call 1-888-391-1339 or contact us online to receive a complimentary case evaluation.

We guarantee that we will help you receive more than the government’s initial offer amount, perhaps substantially more, or else you’ll keep 100 percent of the initial offer amount with zero attorney fees.

We will also front the costs of fighting your case and will eat those costs if we’re unable to increase the government’s initial offer to you. We’re so confident in our experience and track record of success that we take on a substantial portion of the risk for our clients. As a result, we triple our clients’ initial offers, on average.1

News and Publications

GDOT US 441 Fact Sheet

Morgan County Citizen – “$100 million project unveiled”

Project Maps

SR 24 Road Extension Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Preliminary Engineering – 2016

Preliminary Engineering– 2019

Right of Way – 2023

Utilities – 2025

Start Construction – 2025

Affected Parcels

An estimated 76 parcels of property will be affected by this project.

If you’re a homeowner or business owner with property this project affects, you’re entitled to fair compensation from the government for your property. The government’s initial offer will almost certainly be less, maybe far less, than what you can receive if you hire an eminent domain lawyer who will fight for what you deserve.

Contact us if you believe your property may be affected by GDOT’s plans.

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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