RICHMOND, Va. -- On Thursday, the City of Richmond began installing "Richmond Highway" signs replacing Jefferson Davis Highway signage.
Department of Public Works crews will install Richmond Highway signs on the stretch of Route 1 from Hull Street to Walmsley Boulevard within city limits.
The change comes after Richmond City Council voted in December to to rename the highway and replace 98 signs, which is expected to cost approximately $45,000.
“This is more than a symbolic change to a highway sign. It’s real proof that our city is literally and figuratively moving in the right direction,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “Richmond’s roads should connect people and bring them closer together, not drive them farther apart. You can’t promote unity without healing and healing without action. This action celebrates Richmond’s future, rather than glorifying its Confederate past.”
City officials say the installations will take approximately one month to complete.