Renaming Route 7 and Route 50
In September 2020, the Board of Supervisors initiated a review of Confederate and segregationist symbols in Loudoun County. At a subsequent meeting, on December 15, 2020, the Board approved the creation of an inventory of Confederate and segregationist symbols in Loudoun County. At that meeting, the Board also directed staff to initiate the process of renaming Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and John Mosby Highway (Route 50), in potential coordination with Fairfax County, and report back to the Board with a proposed process and cost estimate by May 2021.
These board actions resulted in two projects, conducted by a multi-departmental team, including staff from the Departments of Planning and Zoning and Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information:
Inventory of Confederate and Segregationist Symbols
Renaming Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and John Mosby Highway (Route 50)
- Route 7 extends across the entire county and connects with Clarke County to the west and Fairfax County to the east. In Fairfax County, immediately adjacent to Loudoun, Route 7 is named Leesburg Pike. The name Harry Byrd Highway continues into Clarke County. Harry F. Byrd Sr. was the governor of Virginia from 1926 to 1930 and a U.S. senator from 1933 to 1965. A proponent of Virginia’s highway system, he was an opponent of school desegregation. The State Highway Commission named Route 7 in memory of Harry Byrd on November 21, 1968.
- Route 50 extends across the entire county and connects with Fauquier County to the west and Fairfax County to the east, with portions of it weaving in and out of Fauquier County. The road is named John S. Mosby Highway in Fauquier County. Route 50 in Fairfax County immediately adjacent to Loudoun is named Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. The General Assembly named Route 50 in memory of John Singleton Mosby, a Confederate Army colonel, on April 1, 1982.
- The county will be seeking public input for the renaming of Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and John Mosby Highway (Route 50). The public submissions will be reviewed for regulatory compliance and to meet the local and state naming standards.
- Loudoun County has created a tool to assist the public in checking a proposed name against the naming criteria. In addition to meeting the local and state naming standards, the names should be appropriate to Loudoun County and Northern Virginia history and culture; reflect the natural or cultural geography of Loudoun County; are not already used or sound like another street in Loudoun County; and are considerate, sensitive, and respectful to all Loudoun County residents.
- A task force, comprising representatives from throughout the community, will narrow the list down to ten alternate names for each roadway, which will be reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors in September. Following the board’s review, the public will then rank the short list of names in order of preference. The Board of Supervisors will review the public’s recommendations and approve the new names in December 2021.
- The approved name for each roadway will be sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Commonwealth Transportation Board for ultimate approval.
Public Input Meeting
A virtual public meeting will take place Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. These two meetings are identical and scheduled to provide added flexibility for the public. This meeting will provide an overview of the project, the task force’s work to review submitted names and unveil the ten names for each roadway that will be presented to the Board of Supervisors’ consideration. Following the Board’s approval, a survey will be available for the public to rank the proposed names. Details about the public meeting at loudoun.gov/calendar.
Thank you for signing up to ask a question during the live speaker portion of the Renaming Route 7 and Route 50 virtual public meeting.
To ask a question during the meeting, please use the speaker online form to sign-up no later than Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Speakers will be called upon in the order sign-ups are received and provided two (2) minutes to ask a question. Please be specific on whether you are attending the midday session at 1:00 p.m. or the evening meeting at 6:00 p.m.
The project team will also answer as many questions, as time permits, submitted through the Q&A Webex tool.
For project background information on the Renaming Route 7 and Route 50, visit loudoun.gov/renaming7and50.
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Written comments from the public regarding the Renaming Route 7 and Route 50 project are requested and may be submitted using our online form, by email and mail by October 14, 2021.
Renaming Route 7 and Route 50 Comment Form: Use this form to submit your comments online.
Mail your comments to:
Attn: Renaming Route 7 and Route 50
Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure
101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 102
Leesburg, VA 20177
To request paper copies of the materials, please email us with your full name and street address.
Task Force Meetings
The third meeting of the Renaming Route 7 and Route 50 Task Force is scheduled for mid-October 2021.
More information about the county’s virtual meetings, including the Continuity of Government Ordinance and information about viewing and participating in other upcoming public meetings, is posted at loudoun.gov/calendar.
The Renaming Route 7 and Route 50 Task Force includes the following community members:
- Alicia Cohen, Heritage Commission
- Derrick Clark, Heritage Commission
- Cliff Keirce, Heritage Commission
- Lori Kimball, Heritage Commission
- Robert Pollard, Heritage Commission
- Michelle Thomas, Heritage Commission
- Margaret Good, Heritage Commission
- Rolando Rosas, Algonkian District
- Stephanie Rasul, Ashburn District
- Cheryl Hutchison, Blue Ridge District
- Daniel Eisert, Broad Run District
- Mark Miller, Catoctin District
- Robin Burke, Chair At Large
- Gary Smith, Dulles District
- Grafton Debutts, Leesburg District
- Abby Peterson, Sterling District
Email the Task Force.
Stay Informed About This Project
- View all updates for the Route 7 and Route 50 Renaming Project.
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- Task Force Meetings
- September 15, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting: Review of Confederate and Segregationist Symbols in Loudoun County
- December 15, 2020: Response to Board Member Initiative: Review of Confederate and Segregationist Symbols in Loudoun County
- December 15, 2020: Review of Confederate and Segregationist Symbols in Loudoun County Board Presentation
- May 18, 2021: Board of Supervisors Meeting: Response to Board Member Initiative: Proposed Process and Cost Estimate for Renaming Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and John Mosby Highway (Route 50)
- Loudoun County Codified Ordinance – General Naming Standards
- §33.2-213 of the Code of Virginia - Naming highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities.
- Naming bridges and state highways (VDOT)
- Vicinity Map
- Search Board of Supervisors documents for information related to this project.
- Read about Loudoun County Naming of Streets Ordinance (Chapter 1020)
- Read more about the Code of Virginia naming of highways.
- Read more about VDOT's naming of highways.
- Loudoun County GIS Contact Information and Disclaimer