What can be done to extend the life of pavement and prevent streets from deteriorating so quickly?
The first line of defense in preserving pavement life involves techniques that prevent moisture from entering the pavement. Four to five years after a street is reconstructed, small cracks begin to appear and should be filled with crack sealer.

As the pavement continues to age and deteriorate, additional preservation treatments can be implemented such as micro-surfacing, chip seals, thin overlays, milling, repaving and then ultimately reconstructing. These treatments, when applied in a timely manner, can greatly extend the life of a pavement.

As shown below, preservation treatments applied in a timely fashion can more than double the life expectancy of pavement.

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1. Lansing's streets seem horrible. How bad are they?
2. What causes streets to deteriorate?
3. What can be done to extend the life of pavement and prevent streets from deteriorating so quickly?
4. Why are Lansing's streets in such bad condition?
5. What are the sources of funding for improving Lansing's streets?
6. How large is the annual funding shortfall for streets and what is being done to address it?
7. What can residents do?