Excavation Cost in Colorado


How Much Does It Cost For Excavation & Grading In Colorado?

Excavation in Colorado is unique in the sense that we have both flatlands to the east and mountain ridges to the west. This unique terrain combined with our unpredictable weather causes the need for additional excavation work. This work sometimes just requires things like the addition of more material into the land mix or grading it to a specific angle, or it could be as much as clearing trees and removing boulders. These factors will affect the price and will vary from project to project. Below we will give you a general idea of how much excavation costs in Colorado.


How Much Does Land Excavation Cost?

The average excavation cost in Colorado is around $4,000-$7,000 for residential projects ( commercial projects ranging higher) with most bids Ranging from $70 to $220 per cubic yard of material. Some excavation contractors will charge per hour, however, this can sometimes lead to a higher overall project cost. Hourly excavation contractors typically charge between $120-$400 an hour in Colorado depending on the machines/sizes of machines needed. The biggest reason this can lead to higher costs is that it depends on the contractor’s experience. **“Milking the clock”** A more experienced contractor may be able to complete the project extremely fast saving you money however the converse is also true. Excavation costs will typically be broken down into multiple service costs such as Land Clearing while having a separate line item such as grading.

How Much Does Land Clearing Cost?

Land Clearing in Colorado costs on average $6,000 to $90,000 per acre. The reason for this vast gap is the unique terrain of Colorado. Excavation in an area with very soft or loose soil will typically lead to a lower cost than that of a rocky terrain filled with trees and boulders. Rocky terrain will often add about $.20 to $1.50 per square foot extra cost depending on the number of trees, boulders, and other materials that need to be cleared. As you can see the price will greatly vary per project, and may also need a larger budget depending on the terrain of your land.

How Much Does Land Grading Cost?

Land Grading in Colorado costs typically around $2.50 – $7.50 per square foot. Depending on the project, the land may be graded to different levels. Sometimes you want the land near flat and other times you want it graded to a slope. Each has its own purpose and can affect the cost of the grading service.

There are many other factors that also affect excavation costs here in Colorado Springs, to get an idea of the average cost per job please check out our Excavation Pricing page. If you have an upcoming project and would like for us to take a look and provide you with a free estimate, call us today! (719) 249-8008