I guess I should explain what I'm getting at about roots..
We entirely rerouted a long drive to a hotel site to avoid putting it over the oaks' root areas (much less at the level the engineers first had it at.) In the case of california live oaks that's important as they're very shallow rooted and picky about nutrients. So, if that were a CA live oak, the paving would be a problem, and the tree wouldn't really be owning all of itself.
I suspect though that's not true, or not as true, of the white oak.