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Solar-Powered ‘Smart’ Roads Could Zap Snow, Ice

(CNN) — The mayors of New York and Atlanta, Georgia, suffered stinging criticism for their handling of recent winter storms, but in the near future, technology could clear city streets of ice and snow — by simply melting it away.

America’s harsh winters cost the nation’s economy billions of dollars each year in snow removal equipment, weather damage to streets and vehicles, extra days of school and revenue lost to closed businesses.

Scott Brusaw, a 53-year-old electrical engineer in tiny Sagle, Idaho, thinks he has a solution. So far, he’s generated interest from the federal government and General Electric in his idea for a solar-powered roadway made from super-strong glass, instead of conventional asphalt or concrete.

“I’m looking out the window now at about a foot of snow, so if we can make it work here, we can make it work anywhere in the country,” Brusaw said. “I’m hoping this spring we’ll start laying the foundation for it right outside our building here.”

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