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Old 05-16-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Long term gravel driveway


So I have a concern for trucks coming to my house site for construction and such. Right now most of the front is just clay with a bit of gravel the county road dropped off. I plan on having a gravel drive leading to my house since it's 150' from the road and the drive is actually about 200' due to a curve. (concrete would be out of budget) I was thinking about getting some larger river rock for now like 1 1/2" in size - This would serve the purpose to make the drive not rut out and get too muddy. After construction and big trucks leave (4 months later), then I would come in with maybe 1" or 1/2" river rock over this. I know for a proper gravel drive you start with big rock and work your way smaller as you go up. Would it be better to use crushed concrete and the sort that is more like 3 and 4" in size first, or will the 1.5" river rock be a substantial base in the future?

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Old 05-16-2015, 10:17 PM   #2
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You would definitely be better off with the bigger crushed rock instead of the 1.5" River rock. Crushed stone locks together over time as it is packed down, river rock always stays loose. In the future if you top it off with crusher run which has some very small sizes down to powder in it it will pack down very well and provide a nice surface.
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Laying driveway cloth, also called silt screen, down before the stone will help keep the stone from just sinking into the clay and becoming useless.
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We start with 1 1/4- crushed rock for the base and top it off with 5/8 crusher run for the top coat. No river rock or pea gravel, which doesn't compact at all since there are no fines.

A good compact layer of 1 1/4- won't make it muddy, and is a quick and easy base to regrade when it's time for your finish grade after your construction is done.
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You should also look into crushed concrete; this stuff locks up and will not move.I myself like slag as the final coat, once it compacts it’s just as hard and flat as concrete and you can usually plow or run a snow blower over it with removing it.
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I figured the 1" or 1.5" rock I brought in would settle into the clay and eventually be a hard surface mixed with clay that would require a top dressing over it of smaller rock in the future. Didn't think about a silt screen to prevent the rock from mixing with the clay. I guess I will have to check on pricing and availability for the rock type. I just didn't want to regret ordering a certain rock for the drive to 'get by' and then when doing the final gravel drive, have to remove the old rock for some reason. That 'slag' sounds kind of nice, I do plan on having to plow snow in the winter.
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I just didn't want to regret ordering a certain rock for the drive to 'get by' and then when doing the final gravel drive, have to remove the old rock for some reason.
Ayuh,..... Then forget 'bout river rocks, they're too round, 'n never lock up, 'n compact,....

Crushed stone has sharp edges, 'n lock up like a jigsaw puzzle,...
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