Widening and Reconstruction of SR 5 from Pineview Lane to Wash Wilson Road Road – Project #0017039


GDOT Project #: 0017039 – (Note: PI #621340 was split into 3 separate projects of which PI #0017039 is Phase II)
Type: Reconstruction/Rehabilitation – Road widening and reconstruction
Project Length: 5.65 miles
Affected Counties: Fannin
Condemning Authority: GDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 200+
Estimated Cost (excluding ROW): $61,878,132
Right-of-Way Funds (in PI #621340): $18,720,000


GDOT proposes to widen SR 5 from just north of SR 515 up to Old Flowers Road in Fannin County in three separate projects. PI #0017039 is Phase II of this project and begins south of Pineview Lane and continues north for 5.65 miles ending just south of Wash Wilson Road. Phase I and Phase III of the overall SR 5 widening/reconstruction project are included in PI #0017038 and #0017040, respectively.

PI #0017039 is included in the portion of the overall project that proposes to widen SR 5 to four (4) lanes (12-foot outside lane & 11-foot inside lane) with a 14-foot center turn lane from SR 2/SR 515 to McCaysville Industrial Drive. In another phase of the project (PI #0017038), the project would then transition to two 12-foot lanes to match the existing pavement ending at Old Flowers Road. Outside shoulders would be 10-foot wide (6.5 feet of paved shoulder including a 4-foot, 2-inch bike lane) for both sections.

PI #0017039 also includes replacing the two bridge culverts over Sugar Creek and Little Sugar Creek.

If you have property near this portion of SR 5 where the widening and new bridge culverts are planned, it’s important to be informed and ready when GDOT gives you an offer for it. While this project is intended to accommodate current and future traffic and improve safety along the SR 5 corridor, as well as enhance economic development opportunities within Fannin County, 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, the Fifth Amendment requires GDOT to make you an offer of just compensation for your property.

GDOT, like most buyers, is motivated to purchase property as affordably as possible and may not include items, such as relocation expenses and lost business income, in the initial offer. We can help you identify if the GDOT offer is low, and we can help you fight for just compensation!

Many GDOT projects involve temporary, permanent, and utility easements, which can be very tricky from a property rights standpoint. We can help you here, as well. We often enlist the assistance of professional surveyors, appraisers, and land engineers to estimate the impacts of the GDOT taking of your property – and we front these costs.

Contact us if you believe your property may be affected by GDOT’s plans to widen SR 5 in PI #0017039 in Fannin County, and we can discuss your circumstances.

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 $18,720,000 for right-of-way acquisition for this project – but there may be surrounding circumstances that could complicate matters. We urge you to consult with an EMD attorney prior to accepting any GDOT offer.

You have the right to fair compensation. Remember: the initial offer is just the beginningas 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 guarantee our clients that we will not touch the government’s initial offer amount, and we will only take an attorney’s fee if we can increase that starting offer amount. At that point, our fee is calculated as a percentage of the increased amount only. The initial offer amount is 100% yours – we don’t touch it.  

And we front the costs of fighting your case. If, for some reason, we are unable to increase the government’s initial offer to you, we absorb those costs – not you. We set up the payment structure this way because we are confident in the experience and know how of our eminent domain team, and we believe that we can help you.

Why? Since we’ve been in business, we’ve tripled our clients’ initial offers on average.1

News and Publications

Project Maps

GDOT 0017039 Map

Estimated Project Schedule

The proposed timeline for Project #0017039 in Fannin County as listed in GDOT’s project page follows:

Right of Way Acquisition – 2022

Utilities – 2024

Start Construction – 2024

Affected Parcels

It is estimated that more than 200 parcels of property will be affected by the roadway project. 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.

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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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