In Chevy Chase, where roads and governments abound, complications are inevitable.
Some are resolved simply, as in the case of Maryland Rte. 684, which starts in Chevy Chase Village just above the District Line and is known as Broad Branch Road to the 13 homeowners along it.
Although Rte. 684 is only one and three-quarters blocks, or.18 miles, long, the state roads department has had to dispatch a salt truck from Rockville to clear it in the winter and send road crews to maintain its surface in summer.
So recently, the Village Council and the state roads commission, after consulting the 13 homeowners, agreed to let the village take ownership of the road and responsibility for its care, if the state paves the street one last time, said Eugene T. Camponeschi, State Highway Administration district engineer.
The problem of Brookville Road won't be so easy to resolve. It stretches along the back of Chevy Chase Village and extends behind Chevy Chase Sections 3 and 5 and Martin's Additions to the Village of Chevy Chase and to Montgomery County beyond.
State officials would like to give it away, Camponeschi said, but all the local governments must decide who will control and maintain what parts of Brookville Road. "It might take awhile," he said.
And there is a third problem. The Citizen's Committee of North Chevy Chase, which owns and governs Kensington Parkway, has long resented the state using its street for a Beltway exit ramp.
State and federal highway planners never built a ramp on the north side of Connecticut Avenue for eastbound Beltway traffic -- they wanted to avoid knocking down houses -- so they sent the traffic up Kensington Parkway.
North Chevy Chase officials have recently come up with a design for ramps leading from the Beltway directly to Connecticut Avenue. But Camponeschi said he rejected the plan because the proposed ramp was too short to meet revised Beltway ramp standards.
Edward Asher, chairman of the North Chevy Chase Citizens Committee, said his design was short, "but from the present standards [it] isn't as short as three-quarters of the present ramps on the Beltway."
Asher said he reminded Camponeschi that it was within the power of local government to charge tolls, set up stop signs every three feet or so or close the road entirely. Camponeschi said that was when he decided it would be best to sned the matter on to the State Highway Administration's chief engineer's office for consideration by higher-ranking officials.
While they're waiting, Asher said he plans to call a meeting of local residents in mid-September, just in case.