How to Build Concrete Driveway Tracks

Save
Installing concrete driveway tracks
Installing concrete driveway tracks (Image: Concrete truck in the process of pouring a job image by JKeen from Fotolia.com)

Concrete driveway tracks are a money saving alternative to a full concrete driveway. Driveway tracks also offer a place for water to drain into the soil rather than running off the driveway into the street. Building your own driveway tracks is a great project for a handy do-it-yourself homeowner.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Stakes
  • Hammer
  • Shovel
  • Tamper
  • 2 by 4 lumber
  • 1 by 2 lumber
  • Stone
  • Wire mesh
  • Wheelbarrow or trough
  • Bull-float
  • Curing compound

Drive stakes into the ground to form two rectangles measuring 18-feet long, 30-inches wide and spaced 5-feet apart.

Dig the ground between the stakes 8-inches deep with a shovel. Repeat in the other staked out rectangle. Remove the stakes.

Knock down high spots and fill in low spots at the base of the ground with a shovel.

Tamp the ground with a hand-held tamper or rent a gas powered tamper to pack the base tightly.

Place 2 by 4 boards inside the excavated ground, butted up to the edges of the soil tightly to create forms. Repeat in the other excavated rectangle.

Place 1 by 2 boards every 6-feet across the width of the rectangle inside the wood forms, to create expansion joints; these allow the concrete to move slightly and avoid cracking and breaking in the future.

Add 4-inches of stone to the base of each rectangle.

Drag a piece of lumber across the top of the stone to level it.

Lay wire mesh over the top of the stone and in between the wood forms.

Mix concrete in a wheelbarrow or trough according to the directions printed on the bag or call to schedule a concrete pour from a concrete delivery company. Order 3000 psi concrete, which refers to the strength of the concrete.

Pour the concrete, beginning at the edge of the forms and use a shovel to spread it throughout the form.

Use a bull-float to smooth and level the surface of the wet concrete. A bull float is a large trowel attached to the end of a long pole.

Spray the wet concrete surface with curing compound to finish.

Allow the concrete to set up for 3 to 4 hours and then remove the wood from around the perimeter of the driveway tracks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow the concrete to set and dry for 7-days before driving on it.
  • Wear safety glasses and gloves when working with concrete.
  • Consider adding pigmented dye to the concrete to create colored driveway tracks.

References

  • "Masonry"; Time Life Editors; 1977
  • "The Contractor's Guide To Quality Concrete Construction"; American Concrete Institute; 2005
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!