Wouldn’t it be great if we never saw salt on the city’s sidewalks – ever again. Well, there’s talk about heated sidewalks in Montreal this winter!

Heated sidewalks is a topic seriously being discussed in Côte Saint-Luc and from there, to spread across the city.

It’s time that Montreal moves forward with regards to dealing with slippery sidewalks, and salt is far from the answer. For starters, the price of salt is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of city officials.

In Côte Saint-Luc alone, the borough is expected to pay $600,000 for salt and salt maintenance.

Let’s look at the good and bad of salting roads and sidewalks. For one thing, it’s expensive. Beyond that, it’s bad for the environment. It has been known to irritate dogs paws, and it can clog sewers. Plus, salt is corrosive, damaging concrete and of course, cars.

There really aren’t too many pros with salt as de-icers other than it does its job to a certain degree.

However, heated sidewalks would be a welcomed improvement in Montreal, making sidewalks safer for all, especially the elderly. The drawbacks to heated sidewalks – the cost and the existing unreliable technology.