How to build an access road

Apr 23, 2019 | News

You already have a beautiful home, the garden begins to bloom, but the holes on the way leading into the estate drives you crazy? Or maybe the route leading to the main road makes you worry about the chassis everyday? Easy solution to all this problems might be a road hardened with aggregate. This is a cheaper and easier way to do, comparing them to, for example, an asphalt road.


No permission

The great advantage of hardened roads is that they do not require a special building permit *. As long as we operate in accordance with the zoning plan and we do not degrade the environment, we should not worry about anything.

However, it’s a good idea to consult the possible construction with the appropriate administrative body in the city or commune office, it will take very little time and may save us from any unpleasantness.


How does the construction of an aggregate-hardened road look like?

We start, of course, with the designation of the construction site, i.e. the driveway. Then, humus and other loose materials that hinder construction are removed from the substrate. We can build according to one of two schools. The first method is pouring and hardening the bottom with sand, and then lining it with geotextile or plastic mesh. Laying the bottom with a plastic net works better in less stable areas, eg wetlands. Subsequently, for a geotextile or mesh primer, we pour out the aggregate layer of fraction 0-63. The thickness of this layer depends on the depth of the channel and the anticipated pressure exerted on the road during operation. The penultimate construction step is the aggregation of the top layer of aggregate, usually the aggregate fraction of 0.0-31, but depending on the client’s wishes, it can be changed to other surface aggregates.

Finally, we’ve reached the end of our investment, it’s time for the last finishing touches, cleaning the property and putting it into use.


Why the road is hardened

Authoritatively, roads hardened with aggregate beats asphalt roads in terms of price. This is a great solution if we don’t want to invest big money into driveway, and we still care about functionality. What’s more, as we mentioned earlier, unlike asphalt roads, a hardened road does not require a special building permit.

Also, the time is in our favour as well – the execution of the road hardened with aggregate takes relatively little time, we don’t have to add material transport, because the company that will undertake such an order should provide all the services needed for construction.

Here, as in all of the road types, we must take into account the negative effects of exploitation and the possible need to replenish the aggregate.

* Construction law, art. 29, points 2