Advisory Group Seeks New Names for Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria

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Advisory Group Seeks New Names for Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria

For Immediate Release: August 10, 2017 (Updated August 15, 2017)

The City of Alexandria’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway has launched an online survey and scheduled two public hearings to solicit potential new names for a portion of U.S. Route 1. In September 2016, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of renaming Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria.  

The survey, which is available at through September 15, allows respondents to suggest new street names. The Advisory Group will also hold a public hearing on September 25 for those who wish to provide feedback in person, and is contacting residents and businesses on Jefferson Davis Highway via postal mail. The Advisory Group’s final meeting is expected to be held on October 5, at which a recommendation to the City Manager would be adopted. Both meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at a location to be determined.  The public hearing previously scheduled for August 17 has been cancelled.

Since the Alexandria City Council has already voted to begin the renaming process, the Advisory Group is only seeking input on potential new names, and not on whether the name should be changed.  The Advisory Group includes both Alexandria and Arlington representatives and encourages name suggestions that would be appropriate for both localities if adopted for both.  

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Note:  This news release was edited on August 15, 2017, at 11:20 a.m., to indicate that the August 17 public hearing was cancelled and the September 25 and October 5 meetings will be held at locations to be determined.