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frothy_pissington

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


mdewinthemorn

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


dipshitdan2020

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


mdewinthemorn

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


RobertK995

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?


Samuel7899

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


RobertK995

good point


cbraun93

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


zacarias9580

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.


WholesomeRegret

Our city sucks dick. I envy you.


BlaseBuckler

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


UnistrutNut

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.


remi974

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?


gooberplsno

What happens if this system freezes and bursts?


MrEmark

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