Pitch the potholes: RAP up your driveway!

Why recycled asphalt may solve your muddy, dinged-up driveway

How many ruts and potholes did you dodge along your dusty or muddy driveway today?

Yes, spring’s arrival means it’s time to talk driveways.

If you have a long driveway, you know what a headache it can be to keep it in shape and accessible, including to first responders, delivery and service personnel, especially following winter rains and cold. These access routes need to be safe for vehicles to travel over, without ruts, potholes, washouts and soft areas. The longer they’re left, the more they erode.

While many reputable local hot asphalt, concrete and interlock companies are available to service urban homeowners, maintaining those long, rural driveways – sometimes hundreds of meters long – requires another solution entirely.

So, what are the options?

Gravel seems to be the most popular, though it needs to replaced every few years, causes dust and ends up everywhere.

Stone screenings are a little more expensive and cause more dust than gravel, but pack down a little and last a few years longer.

Then there’s Recycled Asphalt Product (RAP).

“RAP has been used on South Island driveways 15 years, in addition to being used by crews for temporary surfacing during road work; it’s also used in waterproofing,” says Robert Henry, from Victoria’s RAP It Up.

As a long, rural driveway surface, there’s nothing better. Here’s why it works:

  • RAP doesn’t pothole, rut or wash out.
  • There’s no dust, and water runs over it to where it is graded to.
  • As a green option, RAP is an inert, recycled product, and when properly placed at 3.5 inches, then levelled, crowned or angled and compacted, it will last indefinitely.
  • What you’ll have is gravel, compacted with tars and bitumen. This binds the gravel. Over time, weather and usage, the RAP will oxidize, causing the surface to turn to the natural colour of the stone. While this gives the appearance of a country driveway, underneath, the compacted RAP is still 2 1/2 inches thick.
  • RAP is malleable and moves with the ground. There’s no cracking or heaving and it can take heavy loads.

If a long, rut-filled, pothole-ladened, dusty or muddy, axel-wrenching, ball joint-popping, steering wheel-whipping, coffee-spilling driveway greets you, it might be time to talk Recycled Asphalt!

To learn more, contact Robert Henry at 250-588-3542 or email 2aroosevelt@gmail.com

 

Just Posted

Mayor steps down from committee overseeing fate of Sidney’s Beacon Wharf

Cliff McNeil-Smith cites work commitments, schedule behind decision

View Royal mayor victimized in CERB identity theft scam

David Screech shocked to find his CRA account was accessed, his banking information changed

Saanich orders new liquor licence for Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Consolidated licence cuts maximum patrons from 570 to 174

Greater Victoria real estate sales numbers tell two stories for July

Real estate board president Sandi-Jo Ayers talks about pent-up spring demand, low inventory

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should it be mandatory to wear masks when out in public?

B.C. is witnessing an alarming rise in the number of cases of… Continue reading

Vancouver Island Regional Library stepping up reading services

Rick Stiebel | Sooke News Mirror Library lovers in Sooke can once… Continue reading

Face masks will be mandatory for customers at all Walmart locations

Requirement goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 12 across Canada

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Penticton homes evacuated due to wildfire northwest of city

Emergency vehicles are at the scene near Sage Mesa, evacuation centre set up in Penticton

British Columbians worried as end of COVID-19 rental supplement looms

Single mom struggles as supplement was her saving grace

Arson suspected in several wildfires lit near Kootenay town

RCMP making progress in arson investigation of Marsh Creek fires

Most Read