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Dentist says I-520 project cuts off access to his office

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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.

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eb97 07/09/12 - 10:18 pm
I agree with the dentist.

I agree with the dentist.

DuhJudge 07/11/12 - 07:04 am
GADOT .... like arguing with

GADOT .... like arguing with a brickwall. Once the engineers are finished with their plans, the acquisition team informs you that you now have one driveway cut, there is a raised median so you are now on a one way road, and your building is now 30 feet closer to traffic. And THEY tell you what you are going to get.....a pittance in comparison to what you lost. The argument is always SAFETY....brickwall I tell you. You can lose everything by being on a widening road, but you get to keep your property that you will never be able to sell. Good luck Doc.

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