SR 5/US 78 Intersection Improvements


GDOT Project #:0013733
Type:Intersection Improvements
Project Length: 2.1 miles
Affected Counties: Douglas
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 15
Estimated Cost: $15,000,000
Right-of-Way Funds: $2,900,000


The purpose of this project is to construct a new roadway through the northwest part of the intersection at SR 5/US 78, Veterans Memorial Highway, and SR 6/US 278, Thornton Road. It will also involve widening to accommodate additional traffic capacity. The objective is to reduce congestion and the likelihood of accidents.

Intersection improvement and widening projects such as this can engulf a wide swath of land – more than you may realize. If you own property around SR 5/US 78 and SR 6/US 278, you need to be informed about the possibility of an eminent domain land taking. If this happens, you’ll receive an initial offer from GDOT for it. However, the initial offer is just the beginning of the negotiation process and you’re under no obligation to accept it.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Unfortunately, even if a piece of land has been in your family for generations, the government’s power of eminent domain means that it can take land it needs for a project to benefit the public good.

This doesn’t mean you don’t have rights, however. GDOT is required to make you an offer that represents fair compensation for the value of your property.

But GDOT is motivated to acquire your property for the lowest amount possible, and so it will likely not take the full value of your land into account when it makes its initial offer. If you accept this initial offer, you’ll be unable to explore whether your land might’ve been worth more and if you should’ve received a bigger check. That’s why it’s crucial to talk to an experienced eminent domain attorney before accepting the government’s offer.

We advance the cost to hire engineers, surveyors, and other professionals who can help you arrive at what a fairer offer should be versus the government’s initial offer. In addition, we’ll help you handle other related issues, for example what it means if your land is subject to an easement and how you can seek fair compensation in this regard as well.

Contact us if you believe this project will affect your property, and we’ll fight for you to receive full compensation.

News and Publications


Project Maps

SR 5 Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Preliminary Engineering – 2018
Right of Way – 2024
Utilities – 2026
Construction – 2026

Affected Parcels

An estimated 15 parcels of property will be affected by the SR 5/US 78 intersection improvements project in Douglas County. We encourage you to reach out to one of our experienced attorneys even if you’re not sure that your land will be affected by this project. You want to start protecting your rights even before you receive an offer and, since our firm doesn’t charge by the hour, you can get the benefits of representation immediately at no additional cost.


Call 1-888-974-2441 or contact us online today 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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