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Enzyme Road Treatment Beefs Up Gravel Roads
“Townships in farm country need good roads to support heavy equipment, but they don’t often have the budget for an asphalt road,” says Royal Marty, Substrata Inc. “Even in tough climates, Perma-Zyme can create a long-lasting unpaved road that will require little or no maintenance for 10 years at a cost about 80 percent less than asphalt. A road treated with Perma-Zyme will handle vehicles of all sizes and weights just hours after the product has hardened.”
The Perma-Zyne solution, first featured in FARM SHOW’s Vol. 35, No. 5, is sprayed onto the surface of a road and worked into the aggregate materials to a depth of about 6 in. After being rolled and thoroughly packed, the enzyme-based stabilizer permanently bonds soil and gravel to produce a concrete-like surface. Aggregate or dust-supressing materials don’t need to be re-applied, which lowers maintenance costs. Marty says Perma-Zyme is made using organic compounds so it’s completely non-toxic and won’t harm plant materials or wildlife.
In Michigan, Atlas Township Supervisor Shirley Jones says using Perma-Zyme was a huge success. She was most impressed that their gravel road surfaces were solid and calcium chloride didn’t have to be applied to reduce dust because there wasn’t any. Emery County, Utah has used the product for 30 years and their roads are still holding up extremely well.
A 5-gal. pail of Perma-Zyme that treats 800 cubic yards of material is priced at $1,997 and 3 pails, the amount needed to treat a 1-mile long road 24 ft. wide and 6 in. deep, costs $5,991. Substrata, also makes a dust suppressant and an enzyme-based solvent that cleans up oil and grease spills. All of Substrata’s products are made in the U.S.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Substrata, 7330 Eastgate Road, No. 150, Henderson, Nev. 89011 (ph 702 825-5200; www.substrata.us/perma-zyme).

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