Everyone loves a good snow day, but few realize just how much it costs the government. The total cost, annually, is in the billions which includes extra school days, use of snow clearing vehicles, damage to streets, etc. The proposed streets, yet to be tested and proposed by Scott Brusaw, would be made of a strong glass and have internal heating units that would be powered via solar energy.
These streets are both a good and a bad idea in an economical view. They're good in the sense that the government would be paying glass companies quite a bit of money to replace the streets and in the long run would theoretically spend less money, because they wouldn't need the snow clearing vehicles. The bad thing is that asphalt companies would most likely all but go out of business without the government needing their services, which would hurt the economy because money wouldn't be getting pumped into it by the government. With asphalt companies shut down all the workers would lose their jobs and their paychecks. This whole ordeal would mean that less people are spending money, hurting the economy. With over 3 million miles of highway in the US the impact would be quite severe given how many workers are needed to maintain the upkeep of those roads. Overall I think that the idea of these green roads is cool, but I don't think our nations economy is quite ready to have all those people unemployed.