The House of Delegates voted 90-3 Monday to name a section of U.S. 460 in Lynchburg the Jerry Falwell Parkway, which means only the signature of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is necessary to complete the naming. The section of U.S. 460 between the Monacan Bridge in Lynchburg and Wards Road in Campbell County will carry the name of Falwell, who died May 15 at the age of 73.
The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, with an endorsement in the House by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell County.
Byron told House members Monday that the stretch of road covers much of the area where Falwell spent his life, reaching from Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University on the south side of Lynchburg to an area to the east where his ancestors settled 200 years ago and his father’s businesses were located.