SR 53BU From SR 515 To E. Spring Street/Burnt Mtn Road


GDOT Project #: 621490
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 2.6 miles
Affected Counties: Pickens
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 69
Estimated Cost: $38,091,953
Right-of-Way Funds: $8,206,000


This project is the widening and reconstruction of S.R. 53 Business (BU) splitting into one-way pairs with two 12-foot lanes in each direction with urban shoulders. It begins at the intersection of SR 515 and SR 53 BU and continues to the intersection of CR 243/Industrial Boulevard and Burnt Mountain Road.

If you have property near the intersection of SR 515 and SR 53 through the intersection of CR 243/Industrial Boulevard, 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, GDOT is required by law to make you a fair offer for compensation for your property.

GDOT is motivated to purchase property as affordably as possible and may not consider issues such as relocation expenses and lost business income  in the initial offer. Many GDOT projects involve temporary, permanent, and utility easements, which means the government can use your property without taking ownership of it. We can help you determine what fair compensation means for you in your unique situation and then fight for you to receive all of it.

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

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

You have rights even though the government can take your land. GDOT has set aside an estimated $8,206,000 for right-of-way acquisition in 2018 for this project, but there may be surrounding circumstances that could complicate matters. We urge you to consult with an eminent domain attorney prior to accepting any GDOT offer. GDOT’s initial offer will most likely be too low to address the full value of your property, but we can help you attain an offer that does.

We guarantee that we will only take attorney’s fees from what we’re able to recover beyond GDOT’s initial offer amount. You keep 100 percent of the initial offer, and we front the costs for your case. We’re so confident because we tend to triple our clients initial offers on average. 1

Call 1-888-376-2108 or contact us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation.

Project Maps

SR 53 Business Widening

Estimated Project Schedule

Preliminary Engineering – 1992
Preliminary Engineering – 2014
Preliminary Engineering – 2017
Right of Way – 2018
Utilities – 2025
Start Construction – 2025

Affected Parcels

An estimated 69 parcels of property will be affected by this project. For homeowners and business owners in the path of construction, remember that the government’s initial offer should be the beginning of negotiations. We do not recommend that you accept the initial offer.

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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