02:02PM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 12/23/02
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can any one give me any info on the cost and types of repairs for a driveway?? my driveway has cracks and also tire ruts formed in it, which causes a hump in part of it.. can the pros fix this or do they have to dig it up and start from scratch?? any help would be appreciated...tks


09:25AM | 01/29/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
The usual reason that an asphalt drive develops 'ruts' as you describe is an inadequate or improperly installed and compacted gravel base. Unfortunately, not enough folks, customers and contractors, pay attention to that detail, and the life of the driveway is lessened.

In your case, I'd guess that you're looking at having the driveway asphalt removed. How much of the gravel base, if it exists at all, that has to be removed will depend on it's condition. I'd guess that it's far too thin...or it sits on an organic sub-base...a combination of the two...or it doesn't exist.

Organic soil left under even the best of gravel bases will be subjected to settling, compression, and future compaction just be the weight of the vehicles that use the driveway (or parking lot). They really should be removed down to mineral soil before coming back up with good gravel.

Any existing gravel under your pavement that has been contaminated by old organic soil underlying it should be removed and replaced, too.

A good base, well compacted, will give long life to your asphalt.

And don't skimp on the asphalt, either.

k smith

08:04AM | 01/30/04
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
get an asphalt guy out to take a look. if your base is not too thin, or nonexistant a 1.5 inch hot mix overlay will last along time.


11:24AM | 01/31/04
Member Since: 12/23/02
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thanks for the advice guys, i think once spring gets i here i will have someone cum out and have a look at it...


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