Motorists driving on U.S. 460 in Lynchburg can now see a sign designating the highway as the Jerry Falwell Parkway—a tribute by Virginia lawmakers to honor the life and legacy of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr.
The state legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 347, titled “Celebrating the Life of Jerry Laymon Falwell,” on Feb. 7, naming the section of U.S. 460 between the Monacan Bridge in Lynchburg and Wards Road in Campbell County in honor of the late Dr. Falwell.
After revealing the sign to the public on June 29, Sen. Steve Newman and Del. Kathy Byron presented the Falwell family with a miniature version of the marker and a framed copy of the resolution.
“There has never been more silence on the floor of the House nor on the floor of the Senate when those resolutions were read,” Newman said. “The majority leader and the minority leader both came to me after reading them and said, ‘Steve, we knew the man, but we never had any idea of the impact he had on everyday lives.’”