Gravel Driveway Construction

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Gravel Driveway Construction & Installation

We’re experts in revitalizing or installing new gravel driveways 

Does your new construction project need a driveway for safe access or delivery of construction material?  Do you need a gravel driveway installed on your rural property? Or perhaps you’d like to freshen up your existing gravel driveway?  The cost of paving the driveway probably scares you!  The best alternative is usually to have a gravel driveway installed.  When properly graded and installed properly a gravel driveway will last for years and they can always be resurfaced down the road to get that like new appearance at a fraction of the original cost of construction.

We experts in constructing and rehabilitating gravel driveways for our clients.  From the initial preparation and grading to building up the base and spreading the top layer of gravel we’ll take care of everything.  Whether it’s a long winding driveway for your rural property or a small gravel approach, we can help.

Gravel Driveway Construction Ottawa and Nepean

  • New gravel driveway construction
  • Gravel driveway regrading or resurfacing
  • Gravel parking pads and building pads
  • Driveway additions or round-a-bouts
  • Gravel parking areas
  • Driveway removals

Our process – How we re/build your driveway

Gravel laneway in Carp

planning – new construction

Like most things, it’s best to start off with a plan. Driveways are no different. For new construction driveways, we conduct a site visit to survey the existing conditions, and the best location for the new driveway. We want to ensure the location of the driveway has sufficient drainage, and clearance for the vehicles that will use it.From there, we stake out the intended path, and start measuring.  At this point, we also determine if any culverts are required, and if any permits are required. Typically permits are only required when constructing a new private approach, or working within the regulation limit of a flood plane.

Planning – regrading or resurfacing

Existing driveways are a bit different than new construction. The location is set, and our goal is to improve upon the existing conditions. One key factor we’re always looking to ensure is adequate drainage. Water is the enemy of road or driveway. We look for pot holes, depressions, or grade changes that may hold water. We inspect any culverts. Now would be the time to replace them if necessary. We also look to see if gravel has been removed over time by traffic and snow removal.

Dunrobin Driveway construction

Site Preparation

Since we did all our planning in advance, our first step once equipment is on site is to prepare the area for the work being done.

For new driveways, we clear any overhead hazards that might interfere with our equipment, and then proceed to remove any unsuitable soils.

For existing driveways, similar to above, we clear any overhead hazards. Once that’s done, we re-grade the existing base.

Spreading Gravel

While both new and existing driveways will have gravel put down, the quantity varies. New construction will generally get multiple lifts of differing size gravel to build up a solid base. Existing driveways, except in the most extreme cases, generally get a fresh toping of finer gravel.


Once the gravel is down, we ensure that it is shaped in a way that ensures water will flow off the driveway. This helps prevent potholes, and ensures the road or driveway will last for years to come.


Compaction is one of the most overlooked aspects when constructing a driveway. Throughout the construction process, we need to ensure every aspect of the driveway is properly compacted. If not, settling, rutting, and potholes, may occur. We make sure our projects are properly compacted by using a heavy duty vibratory roller on all of our driveway projects.

Why Choose Nepean General Contractors For Your Gravel Driveway Project?

When you choose Nepean General Contractors for your gravel driveway installation project you are partnering with a local business that has been serving the Ottawa area for many years.  You can count on your project being completed on time, within your budget and with a level of workmanship and attention to detail you won’t find with other excavation contractors.

We’ll maintain a safe working environment and we’ll protect your property from any damage while using our machines, the end result is too meet all of your excavation goals while leaving minimal trace of our presence.  Our business has continued to grow through word-of-mouth from our many happy customers who refer us to friends and family.  It’s through our continued commitment to quality and customer satisfaction that we are able to continue doing what we do best!

If you’d like to receive an estimate for the installation of a new gravel driveway please give us a call (613) 894-8683 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

Contact Nepean General Contractors
Nepean General Contractors
42-1554 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 7M4
Phone: (613) 894-8683
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About Nepean General Contractors
Nepean General Contractors is a small, detail-driven, general contracting and excavation company based out of Ottawa, Ontario. We specialize in excavating services, general construction of shops, garages, and home additions, foundation construction, basement waterproofing, and foundation repair.  Our excavating services include lot and land clearing, utility trenching, driveway installation, post hole digging, excavating foundations, drainage system installations, and more.

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