June 17, 2021 - County Board Voting On Renaming This past Saturday, June 12, the County Board held a public hearing to consider a proposal to rename Route 29 from “Lee Highway” to “Langston Boulevard.” See LHA's presentation on the proposal and County Board discussion from Saturday here. The Board plans to legally rename the roadway at their July 17 meeting, but the functional operations (signage, addressing, etc.) of the roadway will be unchanged through the beginning of 2022. Staff is proposing a Q1 2022 (prior to April 1, 2022) operational transition to “Langston Boulevard,” to allow adequate time for residents and businesses to take necessary steps for changing individual addressing at their properties.
As part of its action, the County Board deferred until September 2021 consideration of a new name for Route 309, also known as “Old Lee Highway.” The community intends to bring their recommended choice for renaming that segment of roadway to the County Board and staff prior to September. Further action will be necessary, following recommendation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) who holds the authority for renaming this state-controlled road.
June 8, 2021 - Renaming Moving Forward The Arlington County Board has expressed their intent to move forward with the renaming process and will vote on implementing the new name for Lee Highway in July 2021. The Arlington County Board will consider "Langston Boulevard," after John M. Langston, as the name to replace Lee Highway. The name was selected from a list of five preferred names submitted by the Working Group On Renaming Lee Highway. The County Board will discuss this selection at it's June 12 meeting but will take their final vote on July 17 to allow for additional time to gather public feedback and more precise cost estimates. To attend or register to speak at these meetings, click here.
March 19, 2021 - Governor Northam Signs Renaming Bill Governor Northam today signed into law HB 1854, a bill that will grant the Arlington County Board the authority to rename the portion of Lee Highway located in Arlington County.
January 26, 2021 - Legislation On Renaming Passes The Virginia Senate today passed a bill (HB 1854) introduced by Delegate Rip Sullivan which grants the Arlington County Board the authority to rename the portion of Lee Highway located in Arlington County. The bill was passed by the House at the end of January and now goes to Governor Northam's desk for his signature. Prior to HB 1854, Arlington County would have needed the Commonwealth Transportation Board or the General Assembly to rename Lee Highway. Assuming Governor Northam signs the bill into law, it would go into effect on July 1, 2021. We do not know if/when the County Board would exercise the authority granted to it by Delegate Sullivan's legislation. Stay tuned!
January 26, 2021 - Legislation On Renaming Delegate Rip Sullivan introduced HB 1854 earlier this month. The bill, if passed, will give Arlington County the authority to rename the portion of US 29 located within the County's boundaries. Matt Weinstein, Working Group Chair, and Katie Cristol, Arlington Board Member, testified in favor of the bill on January 22nd in front of the Virginia House of Delegates Transportation Committee Subcommittee. The full Transportation Committee passed the bill by a vote of 13-7 today and the entire House of Delegates is expected to vote on the bill on Friday, January 29 or Monday, February 1. The legislation can be reviewed here.
January 15, 2021 - Update On the Lovings After LHA's renaming process concluded, the Arlington County Board connected with Peggy Loving, daughter of Mildred and Richard Loving. Peggy and her family expressed opposition to Lee Highway utilizing their (grand)parents’ names. Given this information, the County Board strongly recommends that the new name for Lee Highway not be Mildred & Richard Loving Avenue. John M. Langston Boulevard, however, continues to be a very strong and meaningful second choice of the Working Group, particularly given Langston's deep connection to Arlington (the Langston School & Community Center) and the State of Virginia (John M. Langston was the first Black Congressman from the State of Virginia).
January 13, 2021 - Fairfax County Beginning A Renaming Process The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors began a community engagement process in early December to rename 157 locations named after Confederate leaders, including Lee Highway. It is LHA's understanding that the renaming process will involve community stakeholders engaging in a process somewhat similar to the Lee Highway renaming process and that the goal would be to come up with a name that would work for both Arlington and Fairfax. We are hopeful that the Fairfax Board of Supervisors would want to consider the Working Group On Renaming Lee Highway's naming recommendations along with whatever the Fairfax working group ultimately recommends. It is expected for Fairfax to formally launch their renaming process in the next few months.
December 11, 2020 - Working Group Selects Choices for Lee Hwy's New Name After 4 months of thoughtful discussion, public engagement, and communication with the Lee Highway community and businesses, the Working Group On Renaming Lee Highway has selected five options for Lee Highway’s new name: Mildred & Richard Loving Avenue, John M. Langston Boulevard, Ella Baker Boulevard, Edward T. Morton Avenue, and Main Street. To learn more about the name options and the renaming process, click here.
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