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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.

Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Chevy Chase tweeted the letter and his congratulations, and Bethesda Now reported her success.

Weather permitting, work on the path is expected to begin this spring, the letter said.