There are lots of things that you may want paved, but often the decision on whether or not paving takes place is left to the municipality that operates in the area. Often you will find that you need to lobby pretty hard to get something paved if you want it to happen. Other times you can take care of the work yourself and don’t need to involve anyone else. The trick is to know when you can do the work and when you need to have the city or county come and do the work for you.
You should be able to determine if the government needs to be involved by looking at where the paving will happen. You can usually do the work yourself without government involvement if the paving is taking place on your own land. You will still probably need to go and acquire the necessary permits from your local government agency that are required for such work.
Often paving on public land is paid for with public dollars. When this is the situation a government entity will award a contract for the job to a construction company. In other cases, depending on the size of the job, the government won’t need to hire the work out.
When a government entity can take care of the work themselves it is quite different than going through the process of hiring a company to do the work for them. However, most government entities are not in the paving business. This means that most government agencies won’t have the right tools, the right equipment or enough manpower to get the work done.
If you think that paving needs to be done on public land then you will need to take it upon yourself to lobby your local government. Usually though there is a long list of paving projects that need to get done. There is also a limit to the dollars available to be spent on such projects and sometimes they charge local homeowners for the work if they are impacted by the improvement.