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How to Build Concrete Driveway Tracks

By Sal Marco
Installing concrete driveway tracks

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.

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.

 

Things You Will 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

Tips

  • 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.

About the Author

 

Sal Marco began writing professionally in 2009. He has written many online home improvement articles based on his more than 20 years of experience in the home improvement and building industries. He has worked as both part of a team and as a site supervisor. Marco has a Bachelor of Science in management science from Kean University.