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Question DetailsAsked on 5/16/2015

How much a Sq Foot cost for a Concrete or Paver Drive way. Now, there is no driveway, it has to be done from scrach

Driveway is not there, Dirt only. Nothing there now.

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You can find typical costs in the Home > Driveway links in the Browse Projects area at lower left - for a simple new drive where there is not much need for grading and the existing soil conditions are suitable for subgrade, the ballpark numbers plus maybe $0.50-1.50/SF for subbase prep might do the job. If you have poor soil conditions requiring removal of some material and replacement with better subbase, then $1-3/SF additional would be a typical range in many cases. Obviously, if you need a lot of grading to put the drive in, or you need curbing or underdrainage to handle runoff from the high side along it, your costs can go up substantially. Also, it is likely you will have $500-2000 range cost to install a culvert under the drive if there is a deep drainage ditch alongside the highway/street that has to pass under your drive and cannot work (or is not allowed by your local code) with a dip in the drive.

Certainly you need several bids to be sure you are getting competitive bids, may need a permit and approved location for safety from the road department for a "curb cut" if there is no drive there now and no curb cut permit and location was specified in the original plat for the property, and if there is more than minimal excavation or fill or retaining wall needed to build the drive you may need plans from a Civil Engineer to be able to get a building permit, if required in your area.

Be sure utilities are located so you don't damage them or have them real shallow under the paving, and in some code areas certain utilities like gas cannot go under drives without sleeved protective piping (and of course the less utilities under it the better, to limit possible future need to dig it up to get at the utilities), and be sure the contractor adheres to requirements for tying in the paving to the adjacent street or roadway.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


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Answered 4 years ago by garrettk

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