Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway

After 99 years, Virginia’s Jefferson Davis Highway is to be renamed Emancipation Highway. By January 1, 2022, the century-old name of Jefferson Davis Highway will be removed from U.S. Route 1 statewide. 

The City of Fredericksburg is laying the groundwork for a smooth transition to the new designation, including making plans to create, install, and maintain new street signage. Additionally, several City departments are working to update a number of systems to accommodate new address information, while preserving the current address data. This transition is expected to take several months, with the goal of completing the work by January 2022.  They include the following which will coordinate as needed with fellow agencies, such as the U.S. Postal Service:

Public Works

Community Planning & Building 

Information Technology 

In July 2020, Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) allocated $35,000 to help City businesses with Jefferson Davis Highway/Jeff Davis Highway addresses cover expenses associated with the name change. Affected businesses will be eligible for EDA grants up to $250 each to assist with expenses such as new stationery, business cards, flyers, and more. There are about 130-135 City businesses along the corridor affected by the change. 

Details will be made available on this webpage. In the meantime, please feel free to email citymanager@fredericksburgva.gov or call 540-372-1010 with any questions.