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Route 1 Renaming in Prince William County

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Street Renaming to Richmond Highway - Implementation Target Date: July 2022 – Draft Schedule

​Process​Estimated Start​Estimated Completions
​VDOT Review/ CTB Approval​November 2020​February 2021
​Engage with Businesses​November 2020​July 2023
​Addressing Analysis​November 2020​June 2021
​Notification and Records Update​July 2021​June 2022
​BOCS Implements Name Change​July 2022​July 2022
​Notifications, Updates, Installation and Alignment​July 2022​July 2023


The Board of County Supervisors, through DIR 20-45 and DIR 20-54, requested staff to begin the process of renaming Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) and develop a plan to mitigate the impacts of renaming Route 1 on affected businesses.

On September 8, 2020, the Board of County Supervisors approved a Resolution to request the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board to change the name of Route 1 in Prince William County from Jefferson Davis Highway. The link below will direct you to the Board Meeting Resolution and Presentation provided to the Board.

The request was approved by the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on November 24, 2020. The link below will direct you to the CTB Resolution.


Prince William County held a virtual information meeting on February, 24, 2021, to inform residents and businesses, specifically those impacted, of the project background, efforts to date, status, and next steps.  The public was invited to ask questions after the presentation and provided feedback.  A complete recording is available below.  The frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be updated with additional information related to the session.

 The Townhall presentation written in both English and Spanish is posted below:

Route 1 Renaming Townhall Presentation_English.pdf                      Route 1 Renaming Townhall Presentation_Spanish.pdf

Next Steps:

The targeted implementation date is July 2022 and as we move forward, Prince William County staff will develop a communication and engagement plan with the affected business owners and homeowners. It is during this process that staff will provide all the detailed information and tools necessary to make this a smooth transition from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway.

Route 1 Business Impact Survey

Prince William County Economic Development would like to better understand the impacts of the Route 1 name change to local business owners. This survey will be utilized to develop a strategy of tools that can help the business community with the upcoming change. The results of the survey will be compiled in aggregate form and will be provided to County leadership.

The Route 1 Business Impact Survey can be found here: 

For more information and updates, please sign up for email updates from our Department of Economic Development at Thank you for your participation!


Route 1 Renaming FAQ


Why is the County Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway?

On June 16, 2020 the Prince William Board of County Supervisors issued Directive 20-45 for the County to “Begin the Process of Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1)”. The County conducted a nearly 3-month research and planning process and presented findings to the Board on September 8, 2020. At that time, the Board of County Supervisors unanimously voted to request that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approve renaming Jefferson Davis Highway.


What is the Route 1 being Renamed to?

The approved Resolution requests that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) rename Jefferson Davis Highway to “Richmond Highway.” This is consistent with the name of Route 1 in Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria and will reduce confusion for roadway users.


Why not just call it Route 1?

Assigning a street name is required by local and state transportation agencies and addresses ordinances.  Street names are necessary for official documents (i.e. business licenses, permits), directional mapping systems and deliveries, and public emergency response.


Is this official?

Yes. Route 1 in Prince William County is part of the State Highway System and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has authority over the name of the roadway. The name change of Route 1 became official when the CTB passed a resolution on November 24, 2020 approving Prince William County’s request. However, it will still be an 18-month process to change the street signs and update all of the addresses


When will this happen?

The targeted implementation date is early 2021 through Summer 2022.


What is the process?

County staff will begin the process of updating addresses and records. Affected properties will receive direct notification and communication regarding the process and will have 12 months to prepare. Once the new street name is implemented, the County will work with properties to resolve any potential issues.

Will the public be involved?

Yes! Public outreach and opportunities for feedback will be included in all stages of the process.   Public information meetings are being scheduled and exact dates will be forthcoming.  

What is this going to cost?

The anticipated minimum cost for the County to rename Route 1 is $1.2 million. This includes the cost for producing and installing new street signs, staff resources to update addresses and records and work with the affected properties and residents to provide a smooth transition.


What about the impacts to small businesses?

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors issued Directive 20-54 to “Develop a Plan to Mitigate the Impacts of Renaming Route 1 on Affected Small Businesses.” County staff has identified potential costs to small businesses, including updating signage, print and digital marketing materials and administrative costs and fees to update licensures and permits.

An estimated cost was included in the presentation to the Board on September 8, 2020, and the County will work with affected businesses to develop a more detailed plan for mitigating impacts. To this end, the Department of Economic Development has sent a survey to impacted business owners via U.S. mail with postage-paid return envelopes. The County asks that businesses who receive the survey take the time to complete it by as their feedback is instrumental in helping the County identify the most impactful resources available to assist businesses during this time of change. The survey is also available online using this link: 

Where will the money come from?

Renaming Route 1 and mitigating impacts to small businesses will be included in the County’s fiscal year (FY 2022) budget process. During this process, appropriate funding level and sources will be identified and presented to the public and Board for consideration.


In the meantime, if you are a resident or business owner with questions or comments about this process, please email the Renaming Route 1 Task Force at or give us a call at 703.792.6825.





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