How Much Does It Cost To Install Asphalt Sidewalk?


(800 sq.ft. asphalt sidewalk)
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Asphalt Sidewalk Costs

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Asphalt is a common material choice for an exterior sidewalk.

You will find that the cost to install average asphalt sidewalk depends upon material and finish grade, surface area and material volume, preparation and special needs, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the corresponding tasks.

Sidewalk: 200 feet of perimeter sidewalk around a 2,500 sq.ft. house footprint; include costs for miscellaneous material, equipment, and waste.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Asphalt sidewalk: excavate, prepare, spread, tamp, and sealant finish 200 linear feet of 48" wide by 3" thick slab with aggregate/sand base. $8.73 per foot 200 $1,745
Upgrade: additional cost for 200 feet of cast in place curb 8" tall. $1.74 per foot 200 $349
Material Cost $10.47 per foot 200 $2,094
+ Labor Cost (base) $36 per hour 26 $936
+ Labor Cost (upgrade) $36 per hour 20 $720
Total Cost $18.75 per foot 200 $3,750

Other considerations and costs

  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Additional hand-excavation of typical soil will cost around $50 per cubic yard.
  • Typical additional residential site clearing and preparation tasks range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq.ft. depending on amount and size of material, and transport.
  • These flatwork examples do not include engineering attention to curves or inclines.

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DIY considerations

  • This project is not highly suitable for DIY requiring a special set of tools and skills.
  • Beyond construction skills, asphalt is applied hot and delays can cause poor results.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(800 sq.ft. asphalt sidewalk)
  • New York, NY$4,307
  • Bronx, NY$3,539
  • Brooklyn, NY$2,950
  • Philadelphia, PA$3,680
  • Washington, DC$3,193
  • Atlanta, GA$2,889
  • Miami, FL$2,627
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$2,752
  • Minneapolis, MN$3,229
  • Chicago, IL$3,762
  • Houston, TX$3,880
  • San Antonio, TX$2,605
  • Austin, TX$2,949
  • Denver, CO$2,492
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,629
  • Las Vegas, NV$2,885
  • Los Angeles, CA$3,251
  • San Diego, CA$2,950
  • San Jose, CA$3,564
  • Seattle, WA$2,609

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