ARLINGTON, Va. — A northern Virginia county is taking down highway signs honoring the president of the Confederacy.

In May, a state panel approved Arlington County's request to change the name of U.S. Route 1 in the county from Jefferson Davis Highway to Richmond Highway.

County workers changed the street signs Thursday morning.

Richmond Highway

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The city of Alexandria made a similar change at the start of the year.

The highway carried the Jefferson Davis name since 1922.

The county estimates it will have to spend $17,000 to pay for the new street signs.

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