Asphalt Driveway Cost

How much does it cost to build an asphalt driveway?

Driveways can be long and winding paths that take a visitor through a bit of landscape before reaching their destination, or they can be a large square that sits adjacent to the home. They can be quite costly to pave and maintain, and though gravel is a very low-cost option, a majority of homeowners will usually consider asphaltic materials for their durability.

The costs and requirements for the creation of a 600 square foot driveway that is roughly 12'x50' in size are $830. However, prices will be higher if the area has any slopes or curves.

Cost breakdown

According to RSMeans, the cost calculator software an asphalt 1 driveway project must include:

  • Land clearing and tree removal - it is quite common for an area about to be paved to require the removal of brush, trees, and boulders this will tend to cost:
    • $48 per hour, per worker to manage a single acre of cutting and chipping light trees;
    • $68 each for the removal of stumps;
    • $20 to $40 per hour for the chipping of trees larger than 18" in diameter;
    • $13 to $20 per hour for tree removal; and
    • $150 to $400 per hour for complete site clearing, depending upon the machinery necessary for the job (usually including a large bull dozer);
  • Grading 2 - sub-grading the area for a slab on grade 2 is going to cost roughly $1.43 per square yard for a total of $100; and
  • Asphalt 1 - asphaltic concrete 3 is usually installed at a depth no less than 2". For this project, the asphalt 1 is at 2.5" and would cost roughly $830 installed. This tends to have a life span of 10 to 30 years and will need treatment every six to ten years to maintain its good looks and durability. This is known as a macadam 3 treatment and will average around $2 per square foot, or roughly $1200 every six years.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Contractor - though it may be tempting to work strictly with an asphalt 1 company in order to quickly get a basic driveway in place, it is usually best to consult with a qualified engineer when the driveway is somewhat complex and covers a great deal of area. For example, rather than running the risk of deterioration due to the forces of frost and water, it is best to consult with an engineer about driveway design and installation; and
  • Curves, slopes, and water - when a driveway must be prepared with any curves or slopes included it will automatically increase labor and material costs simply because of the additional effort and design involved in such a process. Should this same driveway need to cross over a body of water such as a small stream or marsh, the use of appropriate drainage, ditches, etc. will also increase the total project costs substantially too. This sort of construction and engineering will also need approval from a wetlands or planning commission, and this is going to have to be addressed long before the project begins.

Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know. See full cheat sheet.

Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads [+]

Grading: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped. [+]

Asphaltic concrete: (Also known as Macadam) A paving material made up of similar-sized pieces of broken stone that is compacted, and usually bound with bitumen [+]

Typical costs

$830

(12'x50')

Cost to build an asphalt driveway varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from asphalt contractors in your city.

Alternatives
Cost

Paving
$340 - $14,880

Related
Cost

$150 - $9,500
Gate - Install
$2,250 - $2,250

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Abington, PA
+41%
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Belleville, NJ
+27%
Boston, MA
+40%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Carmel, NY
+6%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Cicero, IL
+40%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Ferndale, MI
+16%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Johnstown, PA
-33%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Lacey, WA
-16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lynchburg, VA
-23%
Mahopac, NY
+6%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashua, NH
+33%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boerne, TX
+7%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Burlington, MA
+36%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Gentry, AR
-24%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Juneau, AK
+33%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Madera, CA
-10%
Milford, CT
+21%
Morton, IL
+17%
Nashville, TN
+21%
Norton, MA
+7%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
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