SR 42/US 23 from Downtown McDonough to SR 138/North Henry Boulevard


GDOT Project #: 0007855
Type: Reconstruction, Rehabilitation
Project Length: 7.3 miles
Affected Counties: Henry
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 282 parcels
Estimated Cost: $127,091,179
Right-of-Way Funds: $48,988,000


In anticipation of a significant increase in the number of vehicles along SR 42/US 23, the GDOT is widening the corridor from downtown McDonough to SR 138 (North Henry Boulevard) with the goal of reducing present and future congestion and ensuring an acceptable level of operational service. 

The project proposes to widen SR 42/US 23 from just north of McDonough to SR 138 in Stockbridge. 

  • The project would start just south of Veterans Drive, where it would tie into the existing north/south McDonough one-way pair roadway.
  • From there, the existing two-lane SR 42/US 23 would be widened to four 11-foot lanes (two lanes in each direction) with a 20-foot raised median before terminating at SR 138.
  • Modifications will be made to SR 24/US 23 access for all side streets, driveways, and entrances except for the following intersections:
    • McDonough Parkway
    • Brannan Road
    • Jodeco Road
    • Technology Parkway/Inverness Avenue
    • Southern entrance to Eagles Landing First Baptist Church
    • Entrance to Fortune Metal of Georgia
    • Brennan Road Extension
    • Eagles Landing Parkway

The road widening and intersection modifications may accommodate increased traffic, but property owners on the planned route should be aware of the changes being made and how their properties may be affected by both the process, construction, and resulting traffic patterns.

Business and homeowner concerns

First, as usual, property owners stand to lose some or all of their property. GDOT will make offers, but it’s important to remember that those offers are probably low. Like any other buyer, GDOT wants to buy as affordably as possible. It probably will not include things like relocation or lost business income in the initial offer. You must fight for that compensation!

Second, certain side streets, driveways, and entrances will have modified access to SR 42/US 23. Some will have Restricted Crossing U-turns (RCUTs) installed – a type of median break that will prohibit left-turns from the side street to the main road and require the driver to turn right onto SR 42/US 23 and make a U-turn maneuver. At other locations, no median break will be installed and only right-in/right-out movements will be allowed. The project will also expand existing 60-foot right-of-way (ROW) widths to approximately 100-feet. 

Finally, there may be drainage and utility easements taken, which can be very tricky from a property rights standpoint. 

Your properties may be significantly affected by these changes. Contact us if your property is in the path of this project, and we can discuss your circumstances.

What to do if your property is affected

Even though the government can take your land, you still have rights. GDOT has set aside an estimated $48.988 million for right-of-way acquisition for this project – but there may be surrounding circumstances that could complicate matters. 

You have the right to fair compensation. Remember: the initial offer is just the beginning as long as you do not accept it. You can 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 – this is our “no fee guarantee.” The initial offer is entirely yours, regardless of what you do next or what we may be able to obtain. And, we front the costs of fighting your case. 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.

Project maps

Estimated project schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2022 – 2024

Start Construction – 2027

Affected parcels

An estimated 282 parcels of property will be affected by the widening of SR23 in Henry County. 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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