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Question DetailsAsked on 12/20/2017

Is it too late to repair and replace my 9.5 asphelt driveway in December in Richmond,Virginia?

Driveway was very damaged during a tree removal in some areas down to the original soil with cracks extending many feet. I have a 9.5 asphalt currently down except where the tree company tried unsuccessfully to cold patch damaged areas. What is the best way to fix my 4 inches of broken driveway and should I wait until it warms back up in the Spring?

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Not sure what you mean by a 9.5 asphalt driveway - I presume you mean 9-1/2' wide with 4" thick asphalt. Even at your historical average temps, with nighttime lows around freezing and daytimes to maybe 40's-50 degree high, that is too cold for decent paving - so I would wait till spring. And given your forecast for the next week or so - highs below freezing and lows in the single digits, definitely way too cold to even think about it.

Oh - google came through for me - I bet you mean a VDOT SM-9.5 mix probably, with 9mm (3/8") maximum aggregate - a pretty standard driveway mix.

I would get a firm committment SIGNED, DATED and in writing from the tree company and preferably from its insurance company to get this fixed by say May 31st, for your area - at their cost, INCLUDING removal and disposal of the damaged asphalt from the site. You could also accept a cash settlement now, but in that case you have no guarantee it will cover the actual cost for its repair, so probably safer to get a written repair committment once the weather is suitable.

The proper way to repair that sort of damage is diamond saw cutting a rectangle (or maybe several) about a foot clear all around the damaged parts (including all the cracked areas, because if it cracked it was disturbed enough to crack and move the asphalt so its integrity is shot in those locations), remove that asphalt down to the base material, relevel and power recompact the base material, then put in and roller compact the patch. Since you have 4" drive thickness, that asphalt infill should be compacted in two lifts not one - so will probably require a small walkway size roller for the first layer, then final compaction of the second lift with a conventional driveway and street size/weight roller. Depending on the size of area disturbed, it may involve taking an entire section out of the length of the drive and replacing it - which is actually easier and commonly cheaper than trying to mess with several smaller repair areas.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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