The permit bond required for constructing entrances on state owned right-of-way (ROW) has increased. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) adopted the new regulations late last year. Contractors building or modifying driveways or other entrances onto state owned roads or highways will now need to post a bond that is equal to 110% of the construction costs or $5,000, whichever is greater.
In order to apply for a construction permit, contractors will need to collect the following information:
- Copy of TDOT Highway Entrance Form TE-4 signed by the property owner
- Copy of TDOT Standard Form Permit – Work on ROW completed and signed by the property owner
- Performance bond in the name of the owner
- Liability insurance in the property owner or contractor’s name; $300,000 per person/$1,000,000 per claim
- If applicable, five copies of the geometric site plan
- If applicable, two copies of the grading and drainage plan
- Property deed
All forms and more details are available on TDOT’s website.
The surety bond guarantees that construction or modification of the entrance is completed in accordance with state laws. Obtaining a permit and a bond ensures that the driveways or entrances do not cause road drainage issues or damage state roads. Residential driveways and farm entrances are exempt from the surety bond and liability insurance requirement.