Driveway Paving Cost

How much does it cost to pave a driveway?

A paved driveway provides a stable and secure access surface for automobiles to move from the street to the house and perhaps a garage door entrance. 

You will find that the cost to pave a driveway varies by material, location, shape, size, labor rate, and decorative quality of the finish.

The Material choices and their typical cost per square foot of driveway include:

MaterialProsConsCost
Gravel

Lowest first cost

Simple construction

Instability

Difficult snow clearing

Periodic replacement

$1.30per sq.ft.
Asphalt 1

Lower first cost

Less site preparation

Periodic re-sealing

Cautious snow clearing

Commercial appearance

$3.26per sq.ft.
Concrete

Long life

Low maintenance

Durable, cleanable

Decorative options

Higher first cost$4.99per sq.ft.
Brick paver 2

Long life

Low maintenance

Durable

Stylish appearance

Higher first cost

Very high labor cost

Cautious snow clearing

$19.07per sq.ft.


A typical two-car driveway is 16 feet wide and 38 feet long without curves or slope, for a total surface area of 610 square feet or 68 square yards. 

Additional considerations and costs

  • Excavation by hand of sub-grade average type soil is $50 per cubic yard ($325 this example) using hand tools and dispersing soil in the local area.
  • If necessary, land-clearing and site-preparation typical to a residential scale project including manual and mechanical removal of shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders will typically range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq. foot depending upon the amount and size of the material, and the off-site distance of material transport.
  • While specialist providers may deliver excellent and rapid results it may be wise to consult with a registered engineer especially if the design is complex or large.
  • Engineering: whenever driveways have any sort of slopes, curves, or angles in them it usually means that costs are going to increase. This is due to the need for engineering to allow runoff to properly drain away from the home and into the street, and it usually also means more labor in preparing the surface.    
  • This construction may require approval from local administrative authority.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Asphalt: A viscous, black mixture of hydrocarbons often used for roofing and waterproofing. It is also used in asphalt for paving roads
2 Brick paver: Bricks that can be laid together in a pattern to create a path or patio

Cost to pave a driveway varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Alvin, TX
+2%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Elizabeth, NJ
+39%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Myers, FL
-7%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Hamden, CT
+21%
Hampton, VA
-18%
Henrico, VA
+6%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lebanon, TN
-14%
Lockport, NY
-11%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lynchburg, VA
-23%
Manchester, NH
+33%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
Montrose, PA
-31%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Haven, CT
+22%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Opa Locka, FL
-1%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Overland Park, KS
+15%

Labor cost in your zipcode

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