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Once you have a paved driveway, you'll wonder how you ever got by without one. Pavement is so much easier to sweep in the summer and to shovel in the winter. It does not require a lot of maintenance, and it won't leave debris in your yard like a gravel driveway. Most people hire professionals to install pavement in their yard, but you should still know the basics. On this website, you will find information about choosing a paving contractor, designing a driveway, and applying sealant to your pavement. You'll also learn about common terms that paving contractors use when discussing projects.


How To Handle Commercial Asphalt Paving Adjacent To Public Roads

One of the biggest challenges in the business of commercial asphalt paving is dealing with the interface between private and public areas. Public roads are often the arteries that bring the lifeblood of business to a commercial location. It is important to ensure you handle these interfaces properly. Be aware of these three things whenever your commercial asphalt connects with public roads. 

Traffic Flow

Just because a road is there doesn't mean you're free to connect it or that it would be wise to do so. Most municipalities have rules regarding how commercial locations connect with surrounding streets, roads, and highways. A major reason these rules exist is to ensure that traffic can flow safely to, from, and around businesses.

Depending on the rules where your business resides, you may need to do a study of the impact your connections will have on the flow of traffic. You will also likely have to seek approval from a local board for each connection. On the upside, most communities want businesses to thrive so the board will want to help you get this right.


Many local roadways have curbs. These are often present to channel water toward storm drainage systems without creating hazards for traffic. Some localities also have rules about listing addresses on curbsides to ensure all street addresses are identifiable without walking up to the buildings on them.

Curbing requirements vary widely from city to city and even within neighborhoods of cities. In some locations, the city will allow a commercial asphalt paving services company to connect your surface directly to the asphalt of the local roadway. Other locations may require the asphalt paving to stop before it hits the curb.


Whenever possible, you don't want drainage from your property to create problems along the adjoining roadways. Ideally, your property will have connections to the local stormwater drainage system. Usually, a commercial asphalt paving services contractor can gently slope parts of a parking lot or side street to direct water into the drains on your property.

If the location has major drainage issues, asphalt may also be part of the solution. Contractors can often create porous asphalt mixtures. While these surfaces don't serve as drainage systems in their own right, they can allow some water to go through the asphalt and into the ground. This will encourage drying on your property and limit how much water will flood onto the public roads during heavy storms.

Reach out to a company that offers commercial asphalt paving services to learn more.