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By Lissa Scott

I appreciate the residents of Ward 6 who gave me a second opportunity to work for your best interests. Of great importance is the construction on Kenilworth Avenue that is nearing completion. A side-effect of ameliorating traffic on this artery is vehicle ingress into our streets. Business patrons have difficulty making left turns along this strip, and problems with parking in the shopping areas remain. Although the Riverdale Traffic Study Committee has an outstanding invitation to State of Maryland Department of Public Works to discuss these concerns, let's all remember that the primary objective of this work was to improve pedestrian safety. It will take time for commuters to learn that Kenilworth Avenue is not a shortcut between Routes 295 and 495.

The start of the rejuvenation of Riverdale Road between Lafayette and Kenilworth Avenues is imminent. Improvements include wider, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, period lighting, and road design aimed at reducing vehicle speed. Recently negotiated WSSC water line replacements will extend the life of this work. Please expect local traffic delays during the coming months. Our long-term benefit will surpass any short-term inconvenience.

Work is also scheduled to begin on the walking path in the town right-of-way on Greenway Drive. This will make the area safer for pedestrians while maintaining a natural look. Future plans include a tree planting that will also beautify the area. Outstanding issues in this community include working with M-NCPPC to relocate soccer games from Greenway Drive to the Northeast Branch Park and improving ingress from Kenilworth Avenue into Spring Lane.

I welcome your contact to discuss community issues. Call me at 301-927-5657 or contact me by email at lissa@lissa.net.

Lissa Scott is Ward 6 Councilmember

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