An Augusta dentist says through a lawsuit that his practice will be completely cut off from public roads if a Georgia Department of Transportation project continues at Bobby Jones Expressway and Deans Bridge Road.
The office of Dr. David R. Thomason sits on the fringe of a Kroger parking lot directly across Deans Bridge Road from the headquarters of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department. The tan building is bordered on three sides by trees and accessed through the parking lot.
In 2010, Thomason surrendered two property deeds to the GDOT before the start of a project that will widen nearby Interstate 520. According to GDOT’s Web site, the $30 million project extends 4.7 miles from Deans Bridge Road to Gordon Highway and includes reconstruction of the cloverleaf interchange at Deans Bridge Road.
Thomason contends that he was “misled” by GDOT officials, who he said did not disclose that signing over the deeds would cut off his access to Deans Bridge Road. By not providing any other legal access to the road, the property is landlocked, the lawsuit claims.
Messages left Monday for Thomason by phone and in person were not returned. His attorney, Harry Revell, is out of the office until Thursday, his secretary said.
The lawsuit asks for a temporary restraining order and injunction preventing GDOT officials from acquiring Thomason’s property without first compensating him for access rights. The reward should be fair market value for the property rights and compensation for the “total destruction” of the dental practice, the lawsuit states.