SR400 Express Lanes Addition


GDOT Project #: 0001757
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation
Project Length: 15.6 miles
Affected Counties: Forsyth, Fulton
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 178
Estimated Cost: $3,913,078,766
Right-of-Way Funds: $14,600,000


Adding express lanes over a nearly 16 mile stretch of road is a massive undertaking. This project affects State Road 400 from Exit 5C and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority North Springs station in Fulton County, to about a mile north of Exit 12 at McFarland Parkway in Forsyth County.

The project aims to add two buffer-separated lanes in both directions of travel. In addition, a buffer-separated lane will be added from McGinnis Ferry Road to McFarland Parkway in each direction. Three bridges will be replaced in the first part of the project at Pitts Road, Roberts Drive, and Kimball Bridge Road.

While the search for a developer is on-hold, this project is not cancelled and property owners should be aware that, if their properties are along the path of the project, GDOT may move forward at any time.

Business and homeowner concerns

Adding two buffer-separated lanes means significant widening of the roadway, and therefore property owners along the road frontage stand to lose chunks of their parcels. About 178 parcels will be affected, with about half being considered “high value.” No matter what, each property owner stands to lose land and have the present and future usefulness and value of their property negatively affected.

Additionally, in every roadway project, there may be drainage, construction, and utility easements taken, and damage to property owners via inverse condemnation.

What to do if your property is affected

GDOT can and will take your land, but you still have rights. The government has set aside an estimated $14.6 million to acquire the necessary right-of-way and will make each property owner an initial offer. Remember that, like any buyer, GDOT wants to acquire your property as affordably as possible.

You have the right to fair compensation, and your land may be worth significantly more than GDOT’s initial offer, which never includes compensation for lost business income or relocation if you must do so. 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.2

Project maps

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Estimated project schedule

Right of Way Acquisition – 2022 – 2024

Start Construction – 2022 (delayed)

End Construction – 2040 (estimated)

Affected parcels

An estimated 178 parcels of property will be affected by the SR400 Express Lane project in Forsyth and Fulton Counties. Many of those property owners may lose a significant portion of their properties, or a significant amount of its 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.

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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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