One Bethesda girl’s persistence is about to pay off.
Lilah Katz, a middle school student from Bethesda, has persuaded county officials to renovate a walking path through the South Bradley Hills neighborhood near her home.
The Gazette reported last year that Lilah had started a campaign to get the county to make the path straighter and smoother and to improve lighting and drainage. She wrote a letter to the Montgomery County Council and asked people using the path to sign a petition.
Lilah collected hundreds of signatures, and her hard work has paid off.
The county’s transportation department sent a letter to Lilah saying its engineers have recommended installing a new path, paved with concrete and 5 feet wide, that will meet accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The department also is looking into whether additional lighting can be installed.
Weather permitting, work on the path is expected to begin this spring, the letter said.