What is the Average Cost of Replacing a Driveway?

Install a Driveway Project Cost

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How much does it cost to pave a concrete 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.
Paving a typical two-car concrete driveway of 16 feet wide and 38 feet long (610 sq. ft.) without curves or slopes costs $3,040. Therefore, the average cost per square foot amounts to $4.99, although it can be higher if excavation is needed.

Cost breakdown

Concrete Driveway (610 sq.ft.) 
ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Material for a 4 inch thick concrete driveway with steel mesh 1, with delivery.$2.59per sq.ft.610$1,580
Material Cost$2.59per sq.ft.610$1,580
+ Labor Cost$2.40per sq.ft.610$1,460
Total Cost$4.99per sq.ft.610$3,040

The driveway is a 4-inch thick concrete slab 2 with reinforcing wire mesh. The required 7.7 cubic yards (including 4% loss) of prepared concrete is delivered by truck.
The Total Cost includes the five-man crew that will be a total of 42 man-hours on the job, or a full day for the crew. Their included work is on-grade preparation of the driveway site, forms placing and removal, base material and final grading 3, and concrete finishing and curing. Their work does not include any landscaping activity before or after the construction, nor any sub-grade excavation of the driveway site.
The DIY homeowner should count on at least 50 hours of work between five able persons (a 10 hour day for the crew). The crew will need to be working safely at ground level. Normal concrete hand tools are necessary.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Decorative effects in concrete are available and include colored concrete for an average cost of $40 per cubic yard ($260 in this example) and embossed concrete for average cost of $1.70 per square foot ($1037 in this example).
  • Excavation by hand of sub-grade average type soil is $50 per cubic yard ($325 in 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.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • 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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