Thanks! This is most helpful and I have been thinking about doing just what you would do.
Therefore, the neighbor is using the narrow view of the easement to limit our access to garage and dwelling (their purpose is to block my access to two outside parkings next to the garage, so that only two cars can use the driveway, unfortunately we have 4 cars and no where else to park).
In fact, we and previous owners have used the driveway to cross anywhere we wish, all the way to their private front driveway - by foot there for backyard purpose.
I heard that a paved walkway is required to argue for ingress and egress, is this correct? When I look up definition of ingress and egress, there is no mention about "pave or concrete" walkway. We have a stone walkway leading to the front door, and they will block that! The parking spots are improved with rocks, but I just put on some concrete on it a few days ago, they will block that too. For the backyard, it is just grass, but maintenance vehicle will not be able to get to it after the fence is built.
I guess i need to get a permit to put down any concrete, right? How about if I just pour some rocks to the backyard path, does that count?