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Letter: Potholes just part of broken infrastructure

Two eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway

Two eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway between Exits 37 and 39 will be closed on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 until 2 p.m. as a crew repairs potholes in the road. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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.

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.