Standard Driveway Apron

Driveway Apron

Required when any form of motorized vehicular traffic ingresses

In the field of public works, the concept of a driveway apron is so common. Many establishments have considered this thing knowing how favorable having a driveway apron is. But, what actually is a driveway apron? What are its main uses?

In the first place, the concept of a driveway apron is usually covered by certain law statutes. This concept is commonly defined as an access constructed across a public right-of-way which connects a street, roadway, sidewalk or recreational trail to adjacent property. A driveway apron is then usually constructed so that no portion of the public right-of-way is blocked after access has been gained to the adjacent property.

A driveway apron is not necessarily required for all circumstances. Certain laws have noted that on its most basic, a driveway apron is required when any form of motorized vehicular traffic ingresses or egresses a lot or tract of property from a public right-of-way. In this sense, all of the driveway aprons then must be in conformance with the specifications required by certain laws.

Speaking of specifications, numerous orders have held that the maximum number of driveway aprons that are allowed per lot is two, as some driveway aprons will not be approved unless there is shown to be an absolute necessity for their construction. In relation to this, most of the laws in the area of public works maintained that a driveway apron should not be constructed or located in such a place as to interfere with another form of legal encroachment or trigger a hazard or nuisance.

It is further maintained under certain laws that driveway aprons constructed on the same lot must be separated by at least thirty feet that is usually measured from an apron edge to the next apron edge at the right-of-way line. It is also important to note that in some places, the driveway aprons, especially those that are intended for business enterprises that serve vehicles or provide services or entertainment to customers while in vehicles, must not be constructed so as to cause traffic congestion within the public right-of-way. It is then maintained that the driveway beyond the right-of-way must be of exact and reasonable length and width so to accommodate the vehicles and be designed to provide for the safe and prompt handling of the traffic.

A driveway apron is now commonly constructed in major cities. And, in accordance to some public work laws, most of the driveway aprons that are constructed and reconstructed over, across, or upon any public right-of-way are usually kept and maintained at all times.