Jefferson Davis Highway Signs Coming Down in Arlington

U.S. Route 1 in Arlington County will now be called Richmond Highway

A county in northern Virginia is taking down signs that name a major highway after the former president of the Confederacy.

In May, a state panel approved Arlington County's request to change the name of U.S. Route 1 in the county from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway.

County workers will begin changing the street signs Thursday morning.

The city of Alexandria made a similar change at the start of the year.

The highway carried the Jefferson Davis name since 1922.

The county estimates it will have to spend $17,000 to pay for the new street signs.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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