The Fillmore concert hall on Colesville Road (Route 29) in Silver Spring is scheduled to open at 7 p.m. today, with Mary J. Blige performing. The new hall is likely to increase traffic in the area around the Colesville Road/Georgia Avenue intersection, especially during the first few weeks as people get used to the venue’s presence.
Colesville and Georgia are major commuter routes in and out of the District. It’s likely that the concert crowd will overlap somewhat with evening commuters.
Commuters heading north from the District could use 16th Street NW as an alternative. It links with Georgia Avenue north of downtown Silver Spring. Many northbound drivers on Georgia Avenue cut east on Wayne Avenue and make a left on Cedar Street to avoid the intersection of Colesville and Georgia, and the block where the Fillmore is located, at 8656 Colesville Rd.
Cedar becomes Spring Street. There, drivers can either make a right onto Colesville Road or continue straight across Colesville and link back up with Georgia Avenue after avoiding most of downtown Silver Spring.
Concert-goers will find plenty of evening parking near the Fillmore. The garages operated by Montgomery County are free on evenings, weekends and county holidays. See a map of Montgomery County’s parking facilities in Silver Spring.
These are a few of the garages within easy walking distance:
The Wayne Avenue Garage near the corner of Georgia Avenue and Wayne Avenue, the Town Square Garage on the northeast corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and the Spring-Cameron Garage, with entrances on Cameron and Spring streets.
The Silver Spring Metro station on the Red Line is just a couple of blocks southwest of the Fillmore.
The Capital Weather Gang advises that any lingering showers should end early tonight, followed by clearing skies.