SR 316 Intersection Closure and Construction of New Connector – Project #0013896


GDOT Project #:0013896
Type: New Construction
Project Length: .2 miles
Affected Counties: Gwinnett
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 6
Estimated Cost (excluding ROW): $8,300,709
Right-of-Way Funds (in PI #621340): $1,360,000


GDOT PI #0013896 is part of a larger proposed solution (which also includes PI #0013895 and PI #0013897) intended to reduce frequency and severity of crashes and reduce congestion on SR 316 in Gwinnett and Athens Counties. The series of projects affects SR 316 from SR 20 in Gwinnett County to SR 10 in Athens County to create a limited access freeway system. PI #00013896 will impact .2 miles in Gwinnett County.

PI #0013896 specifically proposes:

  • Closing access to SR 316 and Fence Road intersection
  • Closing the median at SR 316 and Fence Road
  • Building a new two lane roadway connection (i.e. Fence Road Connector) between Fence Road to the west and US 29/SR 8 Winder Highway to the east. Fence Road Connector will span over the existing CSX Railroad, and MSE walls will be used at both bridge approaches to avoid impacts to Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

If you have property near this portion of SR 316 and Fence Road where these proposed changes are planned, it’s important to be informed and ready when GDOT gives you an offer for it. While this overall project is primarily intended to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce crashes, 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 requires GDOT to make you an offer of just compensation for your property.

GDOT, like most buyers, is motivated to purchase property as affordably as possible and may not include items, such as relocation expenses and lost business income, in the initial offer. We can help you identify if the GDOT offer is low, and we can help you fight for just compensation!

Many GDOT projects involve temporary, permanent, and utility easements, which can be very tricky from a property rights standpoint. We can help you here, as well. We often enlist the assistance of professional surveyors, appraisers, and land engineers to estimate the impacts of the GDOT taking of your property – and we front these costs.

Contact us if you believe your property may be affected by GDOT’s plans to build this new roadway connector in Gwinnett County, and we can discuss your circumstances.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

GDOT estimates that closing the existing access to SR 316 and Fence Road and building the new roadway connector between SR 8 and Fence Road will affect 6 parcels. You have rights even though the government can take your land. GDOT has set aside an estimated $1,360,000 for right-of-way acquisition for this project – but there may be surrounding circumstances that could complicate matters. We urge you to consult with an EMD attorney prior to accepting any GDOT offer.

You have the right to fair compensation. Remember: the initial offer is just the beginningas 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 guarantee our clients that we will not touch the government’s initial offer amount, and we will only take an attorney’s fee if we can increase that starting offer amount. At that point, our fee is calculated as a percentage of the increased amount only. The initial offer amount is 100% yours – we don’t touch it.  

And we front the costs of fighting your case. If, for some reason, we are unable to increase the government’s initial offer to you, we absorb those costs – not you. We set up the payment structure this way because we are confident in the experience and know how of our eminent domain team, and we believe that we can help you.

Why? Since we’ve been in business, we’ve tripled our clients’ initial offers on average.1

News and Publications

None at this time.

Project Maps

Winder Highway Map

GDOT Project #0013896 Map

GDOT Project #0013896 Additional Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Preliminary Engineering – 2017

Right of Way authorized – 2022

Utilities – 2025

Construction – 2025

Affected Parcels

It is estimated that 6 parcels of property will be affected by the roadway project. Those property owners may lose a portion of their properties, or a significant amount of their value. 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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