The Rosemary Hills and Lyttonsville neighborhoods have always had limited access because of their location along the CSX tracks. I appreciated the March 21 Metro article “Trail will keep a link to the past in Maryland” and was glad to see it refer to the pending closure of the Lyttonsville Place bridge.

Fortunately, our elected officials jumped in to work with the Purple Line Transit Partners group that has been unresponsive to residents. In just a few months, the state and county transportation departments arrived at a temporary solution of reopening Stewart Avenue to connect our neighborhoods to Georgia Avenue and the Beltway for shopping and commuting. An automobile accident near 16th Street that closed East-West Highway for almost 10 hours emphasized the need to create an entrance/exit on the northern side of our neighborhoods. We cannot be limited to traveling on East-West Highway for every errand and commute for six months. This is not a perfect solution, and I am less than comfortable with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue’s calculation that it can reach this area almost as quickly via an increasingly congested East-West Highway from Connecticut Avenue or downtown Silver Spring without the Lyttonsville bridge.

The Purple Line corridor will require adjustments that call for creativity, additional costs and communication. Communities are prepared to make short-term concessions to maintain safety and access, but they expect agencies to offer realistic options. Like the Talbot Avenue bridge, these temporary openings offer a lifeline during an uncertain construction process.

Mark Mendez, Silver Spring

The writer is president of the
Rosemary Hills Neighbors Association.