Cost of asphalt driveway

Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect to pay for an asphalt driveway? We have an existing gravel driveway that is 22 feet wide and 80 feet long. The existing gravel is very little and not even worth mentioning, so pretend there is no gravel, as we'll need full prep work, gravel, etc. I'm going to get estimates, but there are only two people in our area who do this work, so I was hoping to get a very rough ballpark figure to check against our estimates. Thank you in advance for any advice or information you can provide.
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With the price of oil on the rise, don't overlook getting a few estimates for concrete. Your local may dictate the price of asphalt. Since there are only two companies available, I'd guess that they're probably real close in price, so you're kind of stuck going with one of them. Besides even if they seem high priced, you're still stuck. Anyone who does the work is still going to have to get the asphalt locally, which is likely the place where the two local guys get theirs. FWIW, four years ago, I got prices of $2-$4 a sq. ft.but that didn't include the sub-base and gas was under $1.50/gallon. If you can hold off until fall when the season is winding down, you might be able to get a better deal.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Why are you asking a bunch of strangers from all over the world about pricing which is very localized?
Pick up the phone book and call both paving contractors in your area. They don't bite.
That will provide you much better information than you will get here.
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I'm sorry. I must have entered my post incorrectly in a way that caused you to not be able to read part of it even though everyone else could read the entire message, because it seems you did not get the parts that said "I'm going to get estimates" and "I was hoping to get a very rough ballpark figure to check against our estimates."
Yeah, I would not hire someone without multiple estimates and then find out what the bill is *AFTER* the work is finished. The reason for asking online was to check with other areas to see if the local prices are typical. Because if they were unreasonably high, we could theoretically go a little further away--transportation costs would increase the price, but it might be worth it. ...but it sounds like the local prices are fair after reading the posts from the others who were able to read the entire message I originally posted.
Again, sorry for the technically difficulties you experienced with my post.

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Its none of your business what the OP does.
asking a bunch of strangers from all over the world about

Strangers can sometimes give the best price and/or referral.

Far better to rely on an ad in a phonebook then direct referral.

I'd ask you to back that up, but that would be silly.
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That would be a pretty neat trick considering the OP did not give his location.
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$3256.00
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That's a really good price, you should take it!
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Wow. That's scary. That's the exact quote I got from the local guy who's considered the better of the two local asphalt contractors we're considering. Where did you get that number? Is that *YOU* Mike?!? :-)
...plus, after doing some research, I've found that $3K-$4K is pretty fair, especially considering how good this guy is. I don't think I'll second guess the price anymore.
Thanks all!
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On May 9, 9:33 pm, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

The problem to look out for is that the cheapest company might not be the cheapest company. Unless you have a spec, it's impossible to compare apples to apples. The cheaper one might be using less sub- surface, etc.
As mentioned before, if you only have two companies, then they both are close in price (and expensive). But I'm willing to be you can find more if you look. But anyway, if there are only two companies there is only 1 plant making the stuff. Go talk to them about what is available and how it is used. There might be a cheaper (or more expensive) alternative by using a different material.
For example, an upscale home wants a nice, fine-grained product. But if you don't need that, you might find a binding-coat or somethig that will work just fine but that is cheaper.
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"Pat"> wrote

Then you are out of touch. I have been trying for 2 months to find a supplier of aluminum extrusion so I can build the screened porch on the back of my house. Just spent 4 hours in Columbus running down some prospects, unsuccessfully. Seems the stuff just ain't available for any amount of money 'round here. Down in CC FL it was just down the road a piece.
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The internet is your friend.
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wrote:

Its a 28' long porch with aluminum extrusions, fiberglass screen, 2 screen doors and an insulated aluminum pan roof. Can you imagine what the shipping would be?
But you're close. I've contacted a company in Illinois that can supply the material and I could drive over and pick it up. Might take 2 trips though in my little S10.
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this might (or might not) be helpful http://www.thomasnet.com/indiana/aluminum-1261809-1.html
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