Sunday's news story "LI's pothole plague" confirms what every Nassau County driver knows: We may have a First World economy, but we have a Third World infrastructure.

In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America's infrastructure D+ in its assessment of roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, railways, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, etc.

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We cannot maintain a First World economy with a crumbling infrastructure. On Long Island, most roads are the responsibility of local governments -- but we have too many levels of government. A consolidation of local government would render efficiencies and economies of scale that cannot be realized under our present structure.

The civil engineers estimated that $3.6 trillion is needed nationally for repairs. Shift political priorities and spend it quickly, or we will slip from First World status.

Bill Bogatz, Great Neck

Editor's note: The writer is an economics teacher.