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Before your new driveway can be installed, the old driveway will first have to be removed completely, and subgrade will be laid and smoothed. Depending on where you live and how large your driveway will be, as well as whether you are choosing a concrete or asphalt driveway, this may all be done on the same day, or it may take up to a week.

Concrete driveways typically take between two and three days to install, while asphalt driveways may be paved in one day.

In both cases, you will need to wait a while before using your new driveway. Asphalt driveways take between three and five days to cure, and that means vehicles will need to be kept off. After you get the all-clear, you’ll be able to drive over your new asphalt driveway, but wait another couple of weeks before you park on it.

You will have to wait at least two days before walking on a newly-installed concrete driveway, and at least three before driving over it. Keep in mind, however, that it will be another month before your concrete driveway has dried fully.

Your new driveway is worth the wait, as it will last for decades to come if you take care of it in its initial days.