Tree root pushing up driveway.

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Tree root pushing up driveway.

I have a large tree within a foot of my asphalt driveway. Looks like a root is starting to crack and push up the driveway. One tree guy said they would not dig and cut the root because it would weaken the tree and would be dangerous.
A driveway guy wanted to dig up the driveway and I guess cut the root farther from the tree. This sounds like an expensive solution. Any suggestions?
 
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Have you considered taking down the tree? Just never should have been a tree planted that close to the driveway in the first place.
 
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It is expensive unless you hire some guys & rent some tools. Can you post some wide angled pics?
 
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A neighbor, a few doors down, had the same problem and they cut the roots to put down new cement on the sidewalk, and the tree has definitely weakened. Large branches died and are falling off.
 
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The odds are great that removing the root will harm the tree but as mentioned above - it's not a good idea to have a tree that close to the driveway. You need to determine what is more important to you, the tree or a nice level driveway - the odds are you can't have both.
 
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Just never should have been a tree planted that close to the driveway in the first place.
Maybe the tree wasn't planted next to the driveway. Maybe the driveway was installed next to the tree. In other words, the tree might have been there first.
 
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Correct, I definitely made an assumption. That said, the tree probably should have been removed when the driveway was installed if that was the case.
 
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The tree was there probably when the house was built in the late 50s. Taking it down is not an option since it provides so much shade. Just thought that I could have it trimmed way down and have the root removed and this will probably not then have the danger of a large tree coming down in a storm. I should probably get some ideas from a few tree companies and then decide what to do.
 
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Why don't you cut the asphalt around the root and separate the two.
No reason the two can't get along with each other!
 
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I had a feeling that the tree was there first. I agree with GregH that the tree can stay. Saw cut around the root, remove that section of the root & patch the asphalt.
 
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I meant to cut the asphalt and leave the root alone.
 
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How would one know the exact way the root goes? You can't depend on the direction, of the crack.
 
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