I have an asphalt driveway with a concrete sidewalk meeting the edge of it. They both need to be replaced. Which job needs to happen first?

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    If the concrete comes second then you're patching holes in the asphalt made by the forms. The driveway would need to have something be mission critical about it, to do it out of order. Not that it needs to, but it should.
    – Mazura
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 21:22
  • Do they lie side-by-side, or does one lie under the other? Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 18:04

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I would have the driveway and sidewalk both removed at the same time so you're not removing one next to a finished product. Then have the sidewalk installed. After the forms are removed and the sidewalk cured, install the asphalt. It can be installed and compacted right up to the edge of the sidewalk and made level with it if that's how you want it.

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    Couldn't agree more. ++++ Much easier to "trim out". Not only that, you don't want heavy cement trucks on fresh asphalt. Besides, it would be really hard to get a clean edge where the asphalt and sidewalk would meet. Def, JACK is right, sidewalks/concrete first. Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 0:39

I have to post this as an answer because I know I won't have enough space for a comment.

Last year I managed a pretty large driveway/replacement project for my mother's house. I was a large (and I mean LARGE) circular driveway and other substantial driveway sections. It was 70 years old and in dire need of replacement. We originally thought asphalt, I personally knew the asphalt guy and he said you might consider concrete for the entire job. Due to oil prices and the base that would have to be installed (quarry spall and crushed rock), not to mention the excavation and disposal expenses, he said concrete might be less expensive. Asphalt needs a very good base because it's not that strong.

So we went with concrete for the entire job, replaced a couple of sidewalks and made them level with the new driveway, which is great bc mom uses a walker and now she doesn't have any steps to worry about. The entire pour was also reinforced with rebar.

So you might want to be open minded about this and consider design opportunities going all concrete.

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    On our house build two years ago concrete was cheaper than asphalt. In my experience, it's more durable too.
    – RetiredATC
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 4:24
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    It's my understanding (hey, I saw it on the internet, so it has to be right. Right?) that asphalt requires regular vehicle traffic to keep it compacted so it will last longer. Driveways just don't get enough traffic to keep the asphalt in good condition which is why they end up needing sealing every year or two and break down so much more quickly than roads. Concrete, while a different look will last much longer with just the light traffic of a driveway. (Assuming the proper prep for both applications.)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 11:49
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    @Mr47 Exposed aggregate has a great look and will minimize slipping. Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 12:09
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    @GlenYates It's just about all concrete. I-5 is the major north-south route here and asphalt just can't stand up to the constant heavy traffic. Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 16:46
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    All the stuff about I-5 is off topic. Standing up to constant traffic is not important for a driveway. It may still be better to use concrete for the whole job, but major freeways are not an argument for that. Commented Sep 15, 2022 at 3:45

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