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Right of Way Surety Bonds
What is a Right of Way Bond?
A Right of Way Bond is a type of surety bond that guarantees the performance of work on, or involving, a publicly owned right of way. There are many forms of right-of-ways including right-of-entry, right-to-cross, sidewalks, and access to power, phone lines, water, and sewage. Most of the time, contractors that install turn lanes, signals, and utilities are required to post these surety bonds. A right of way bond is usually required before a permit is issued to perform work in the public right of way.
Right of Way Surety Bonds are individually underwritten so the cost can vary and depends on the size and scope of the project as well as the contractor’s size and experience. Typically, well-qualified applicants are charged as low as 1-2% of the bond amount.
In order to qualify for the bond, a copy of the application or permit will be required. Smaller projects can usually be bonded with a simple credit check. Larger projects will require more information such as a financial statement and prior experience.
Right of Way Surety Bonds are required to ensure any work performed in the public right of way is completed according to the terms of the permit. The surety bond guarantees the permit issuer (Obligee) is compensated for any damages that may occur during the work in the right of way. It also ensures the contractor follows all the rules and regulations associated with building/construction work in that municipality.
Right of Way Surety Bonds are required by States and Municipalities (cities, counties, townships, etc.). The State or Municipality is called the Obligee on the bond. You, the contractor, are the Principal on the bond. Bonds are required for most construction work that uses public funds. The bond is a protection tool that ensures public money isn’t wasted.
For example, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will require a Right of Way Bond when improvements are being conducted to the right of way for roads they operate. So, the Obligee for a Florida Department of Transportation Right of Way Surety Bond is the FDOT and the Principal is the contractor performing the work.
Contact The ProSure Group! As surety bond experts in business since 1993, The ProSure Group has issued hundreds, if not thousands, of Right of Way Bonds and has partnerships with more than 30 different surety companies. This ensures that we get you the best, most competitive pricing and terms available in the marketplace. You just need to complete our simple application and one of our specialists will quickly contact you.