Chesterfield Board of Supervisors endorses renaming Jefferson Davis Highway

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 6:29 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 9:42 PM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD Co., Va. (WWBT) - During a meeting on Wednesday night, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors endorsed removing Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ name from a stretch of highway in the county.

The county’s portion of Jefferson Davis Highway will be called ‘Route One.’ Officials say the name change makes the most sense as many of their residents already refer to the area as ‘Route One.’ Since approval, a request will have to be sent to the Transportation Board.

This name change follows the decision made earlier in February by the Virginia House of Delegates who voted to rename all portions of the Jefferson Davis Highway. The bill was approved by the State Senate on February 25, 2021, and signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam.

Another key issue discussed is Chesterfield’s plan to buy the Southside Speedway. The track has been closed since December 2020 and the city will propose a five million dollar allotment to purchase the property.

The county does not have any definitive plans for the raceway yet, but it is expected to be redeveloped to expand the River City Sportsplex, a 115 acre, county-owned sports complex. The sports complex has made more than $89 million within the county since July 2017 and attracts more than 500,000 people to its events every year.

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