SR 60 Widening


GDOT Project #: 132610
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 6.0 miles
Affected Counties: Hall
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 165
Estimated Cost: $74,441,174
Right-of-Way Funds: $23,248,000


State Route 60 in Hall County (also called Highway 60 or Thompson Bridge Road) is set to be widened from two to four lanes between State Route 136 (Price Road) all the way to Yellow Creek Road. The new road would replace the current 12-foot lanes and rural shoulders with a four-lane urban road with a raised 20-foot median. The Squirrel Creek culvert will be extended to accommodate the project.

The road will proceed through unincorporated Murrayville, where homes and businesses stand to be affected by eminent domain takings. The project has long been in planning stages with GDOT, which originally scheduled right-of-way acquisition for 2013-2014, and construction for 2016-2017.

Business and Homeowner Concerns

Moving from two lanes and narrow shoulders to four lanes and a raised 20-foot median requires significantly more land than adding a turning lane. Residents along the project’s path were concerned when the project’s final length was announced in 2013. Between the project’s announcement and now, many owners may have seen their land’s value stagnate.

If they have not already, owners will receive a notice and an offer from GDOT. If you are a property owner along SR 60, be aware that GDOT’s taking may dramatically change what you can do with your land now and in the future. Current buildings and homes may be rendered non-conforming. Businesses may lose parking to the road, or have entrances and access limited thanks to the median.

In addition to the road, GDOT will have to address drainage, which may mean easements are taken, and the construction process may cause damage to property owners via inverse condemnation.

What to Do if Your Property Is Affected

It’s still your property until GDOT takes it, and even when it does, you still have rights. The government has allocated nearly $24 million to compensate property owners. Remember that GDOT wants to acquire your property as affordably as they can. When you receive your offer, you’re not required to accept it!

You have the constitutional right to fair compensation for what the government takes, and it may be worth significantly more than that initial offer. Things like compensation for lost business income or relocation are never included. You have to fight for them!

The initial offer is just the beginning – as 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 do not take an attorney’s fee unless we increase the government’s offer, and our fee only comes from the increased amount – our no fee guarantee. The initial offer is entirely yours regardless of what you do next or what we may be able to obtain. Further, we front the costs of fighting your case and 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.

News and Publications

The Gainesville Times Ga. 60 widenings end points now set

Project Maps

SR 60 Widening - Thompson Bridge Road Map

Estimated Project Schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2027

Start Construction – 2030

End Construction – TBD

Affected Parcels

An estimated 165 parcels of property will be affected by the SR 60 widening project in Hall County. Property owners may lose significant amounts of land, representing significant financial value and usability. 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.

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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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