Bases Ballasts and Paving Cost Estimating Tips

When estimating paving, keep in mind the overall project schedule. Although it is common to wait until the end of the project before paving, consider what time of the year the project is scheduled for completion.

In colder climates, many concrete plants close for the season in late November and are thus very busy just before then. The supply or availability may be limited, and the prices may be higher.

If an asphaltic paving project runs through spring, consider placing the base course in the autumn and then topping it in the spring just prior to completion. This could save considerable costs in spring repair. Keep in mind that prices for asphalt are generally higher in the cold seasons.


Recycling of asphalt pavement is becoming very popular and is an alternative to removal and replacement of asphalt pavement. It can be a good value engineering proposal if removed pavement can be recycled either at the site or another site that is reasonably close to the project site.

Quick Quantity for Asphaltic Concrete Paving

A quick rule of thumb for asphaltic concrete is that for each inch of pavement thickness, one square yard is equivalent to 110 pounds.

Cost Estimating Resources from RSMeans

2011 Site Work & Landscape Cost Data Book
Includes unit and assemblies cost tables for sewerage, piped utilities, drainage, paving, site improvements and landscape construction of all types.
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2011 Building Construction Cost Data Book
Thousands of unit costs for building components, arranged in the new CSI MasterFormat® 2010 classification system
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