54ºF

Virginia county votes to rename Jefferson Davis Highway

photo

A Virginia county has voted to change the name of a 12-mile section of highway that currently honors former Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

WJLA-TV reports that the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the change to the stretch of U.S. Route 1 on Wednesday.

The highway runs the entire eastern length of the county outside of Washington and through other portions of the state.

The vote allows the board to petition the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Richmond for a formal change.

The county plans to rename it Richmond Highway, following moves by neighboring Arlington County and Alexandria.