Lansing's streets seem horrible – so, how bad are they actually?

The City of Lansing rates its streets on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. The scale is broken down into "good," "fair," and "poor" categories, each   with a recommended maintenance treatment.  As shown in the table below, 258 miles out of our 414 network miles are rated poor or worse:

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As shown on the graphic below, the average rating of the entire street system has been declining for years and currently sits at 4.14. some_text 

For reference, a system-wide rating of 7 is considered desirable.

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1. Lansing's streets seem horrible – so, how bad are they actually?
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 sources the 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?