Shortly after I bought the north wing, the City redid the sidewalks and curbs all along the street. This included removing a large tree in front of the house. When they got to my neighbors driveway, the dropped the sidewalk to match the end of the driveway and curb cut. A number of years later, they re paved the street, which resulted in runoff collecting in the end of the driveway and sidewalk. While annoying, this condition continued for a number of years. More recently, the garage door broke. In addition, my neighbors had a second child, and traded in their sedan for a mini van. Due to the need to access the passenger side doors, the van is left in the driveway. Unfortunately, this blocks the high part of the driveway, and when there is runoff, the sidewalk becomes impassable.
Earlier this week, I came home from work and discovered a paving company repaving the driveway and the sidewalk. They seem to be doing this work in the dark and very close to Joyce’s car but when we did see the results in the morning we were a bit concerned.
Aside from using what appears to be cold patch, rather then find grade asphalt, the edges were not well detailed and worst of all it appears to have created a low spot solely in front of our front steps.
A light rain fall proved that her fears were well-founded. So off to Home Depot and picking up some new materials.
After a bit of judicious trimming of the asphalt that have been put down, we added a sand bass to bring level up a little bit and then started to lay in 24″ x 24″ paving blocks. A little bit of trimming of smaller blocks near the stairs and then slip some sand in between them and hopefully they’ll stay in place as the snow flies. The big blocks weigh 90 pounds each so I’m hoping they stay in place