It’s official: Route 1 in Prince William County has a new name.
Jefferson Davis Highway is now called Richmond Highway, a change that took effect on July 1, according to a release from Prince William County.
The county will hold a sign unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday at River Oaks Shopping Center, 16555 River Ridge Boulevard in Woodbridge.
Prince William County is among various localities across the region that have changed the road name to Richmond Highway throughout the past three years.
Woodbridge District Supervisor Margaret Franklin requested that county staff members begin the renaming process in June 2020. A few months later, the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) passed a resolution that asked the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to change the name.
To support affected businesses, a Route 1 Refresh Grant Program was created.
As much as 5,000 will be provided to those that are eligible. Additionally, up to 75 percent of costs associated with modifying freestanding and shopping center signs that include Jefferson Davis Highway will be reimbursed. This compensation will not exceed $30,000.
Grant applications may be submitted on the Department of Economic Development (DED) website or by calling 703-792-5500. For questions, email Rt1renaming@pwcgov.org or call 703-792-6825.
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