Chicago Area Turns to Soy for Bike Path Resurfacing
Lake County, Illinois is using a soy-based sealant and preservation agent to prolong the life of one its most heavily used bike paths in the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, Illinois. RePLAY®, manufactured by BioSpan Technologies, Inc. and developed with support from the Soybean Checkoff, was applied to the 3.2 mile long, 14-feet wide bike path (over 20,000 square yards). The project used 500 gallons of the product.
According to John Nelson, Project Engineer Operations & Public Safety Department, Lake County Forest Preserves, their top priority was finding an environmentally friendly
product that cures quickly. With RePLAY®, they found just that and were able to avoid shutting down the very popular path for an extended period. Nelson said the clear application is “another benefit” since it meant there was no need for re-striping.
“We’re looking forward to using this product again – possibly on a couple of parking lots later in the year,” said Nelson. “I would recommend RePLAY® to anyone who is looking for an environmentally friendly alternative [to petroleum-based products] that dries quickly and goes on clear.”
RePLAY® has also been used on a bike path and several streets in Cook and DuPage counties.
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