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

Read more about the informational inventory.

Renaming Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) and John Mosby Highway (Route 50)

Background

  • 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 - September 29, 2021

A virtual public meeting took place Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The meeting presentation and recordings are available for viewing in the Public Information Meeting folder in Meeting Documents below.

Task Force

  1. Task Force Meetings
  2. Task Force Members

Task Force Meetings

  • The task force held its first meeting on July 7, 2021. Review the meeting agenda and recording.
  • The task force held its second meeting on August 11, 2021. Review the meeting agenda and recording.
  • The task force held its third and final meeting on October 20, 2021. Review the meeting agenda and recording.

All Task Force meeting documents and recordings are also provided in Meeting Documents below.

Contact Us

If you have questions about this project, email county staff or call 703-737-8624.

Media Inquires

Email Glen Barbour, Public Information Officer or call 703-771-5086.