A closely trafficked freeway in Prince William County has a new moniker.
County supervisors and point out leaders gathered Saturday to unveil the indication for the recently renamed Richmond Highway. The celebration was section of the county’s energy to rename U.S. 1, which formally altered from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway on July 1.
“We title roads and structures soon after people to honor them. And this road, any highway, should really hardly ever be named Jefferson Davis Freeway,” stated county Chair Ann Wheeler, standing on the warm pavement of the River Oaks Shopping Center in Woodbridge.
Wheeler spoke of the method of renaming the street, which started two years in the past when Woodbridge District Supervisor Margaret Franklin brought it just before the Board of County Supervisors.
“Removing Jefferson Davis’ name as the primary road in this local community was a private purpose of mine,” Franklin reported for the duration of the ceremony.
Franklin, along with Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey, spearheaded the effort, coordinating with the point out, county and business proprietors who are impacted by the change.
“We experienced an viewers with the Basic Assembly to explain why this was important, and following that, we introduced it to the board, who was unanimously at the rear of it,” Bailey mentioned soon after the ceremony.
The title improve is aspect of a bigger energy to rename the street in the course of Northern Virginia. Alexandria and Arlington counties renamed the street in 2019, also adopting the title Richmond Highway.
Jefferson Davis was the president of the Accomplice States of America in the course of the Civil War. The removing of his title comes amid many endeavours to remove Accomplice tributes across the commonwealth. Del. Luke Torian, 52nd District, touched on this throughout the ceremony.
“I consider the steps that the county board has taken [are] steady with the actions that we have taken in the Virginia Normal Assembly,” Torian reported. “We have eradicated monuments and statues that have been a blight on our condition and our communities.”
Wheeler reported immediately after the ceremony that however the determination to rename the highway was effortless, the approach to do so was nearly anything but.
“Nothing is at any time uncomplicated in county govt,” Wheeler claimed. “We had hundreds of companies that experienced to have their tackle changed.”
To help enterprises, the county developed a “Route 1 Refresh Grant Program” that aided with altering indications, organization playing cards, lookup motor optimization and other charges.
Equally Franklin and Bailey reported the neighborhood reaction was constructive for the duration of the transition.
“The favourable responses we obtained encouraged us to shift ahead with the system,” Bailey said.
In accordance to a challenge overview, the title modify is approximated to full by July 2023.