The Silver Pass


The current underpass or “viaduct” at Georgia Avenue and Blair Mill Road was built in 1928 in response to the explosion of cars, trains and pedestrians passing through the intersection during a period of rapid expansion for Silver Spring and other DC suburbs. A wise move, in hindsight, as over 60,000 vehicles now pass through the site each day.

For the critical role it played in the development of the community, lead artist Byron Peck selected “transportation” as the overarching theme for the artwork, and “art deco” as a motif, in honor of the period of design and construction of the underpass itself. 

The 12 youth selected for the first phase of the project (the wings of the pedestrian passageways) began work on the project during the first week in January, 2006. Artist Carien Quiroga and twelve additional apprentices joined the project in March, for a total of twenty four apprentices from five Montgomery County, MD high schools. LaToya Middleton was the special assistant to the lead artists.


Georgia Ave Underpass
Under the CSX Viaduct
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Silver Pass

Nearby Restaurants & Dining

8077 Georgia Ave
(220 feet NE)
8123 Georgia Ave
(279 feet N)
8120 Georgia Ave
(294 feet N)
8081 Georgia Ave
(298 feet NE)
952 Sligo Ave
(371 feet NE)
8030B Georgia Ave
(386 feet S)

Nearby Shopping and Services

963 Selim Rd
(142 feet E)
936 Philadelphia Ave
(187 feet E)
936 Philadelphia Ave
(201 feet E)

Nearby Parking

938 Philadelphia Ave
(247 feet E)
8212 Colonial Ln
(0.2 miles NW)

Nearby VanGo Stops

Nearby Public Transportation

8100 Fenton St
(786 feet NE)