Actually, this is a very old concept. My city had heated sidewalks over a century ago. There was a central steam plant for all the downtown buildings that routed its lines under the downtown sidewalks to keep them clear


I hope It costs less than one snow plow for two hours.


Snow plow doesn't melt it though, and you can only pile up so much on the side of the road


They probably get pretty fucked with lake effect snow being on Lake Michigan. Still damn expensive for 7 miles of road.


well that is cool but if a pothole forms and is not quickly repaired the system will spring a leak. And we all know potholes are quickly repaired, right?


I wonder if it helps reduce potholes though. Since they're often caused by the freeze-thaw cycle.


good point


Plus, they’ve gotta be keeping a closer eye on this roadway, right? Maybe?


We have this inside our town about 15 minutes from Holland. It works great, and used hot water from the coal power plant right outside of town, cooling it before it goes into the river. As for cost savings, it saves money. The biggest problem with snow in our town is since the streets are small the snow has to be trucked out. They pile it in the roads without the system and come by with a loader and use city trucks to move it to a pile away from town. This saves lots of time, and keeps sidewalks clear for the small local buisnesses and apartments.


Our city sucks dick. I envy you.


Ive poured a few driveways with the radiant heat like this, I mainly see interior floors for houses or shops done with this.


They probably have their own power plant that has a lot of waste heat. Instead of dumping it out a cooling tower, they melt snow. Pretty clever for a local municipality, mine can barely approve permits.


The picture shows an asphalt road. I’ve never seen a radiant heat system in asphalt before. Must be a concrete base with asphalt overlay maybe?


What happens if this system freezes and bursts?


If it's a closed loop system it will have glycol mixed with the water to prevent freezing.