This update comes from SFDC:
This Friday, March 6th at 1PM tune into NPR's local radio station WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection for an hour-long documentary on U.S. Route 1! The piece will primarily discuss the modernization of the historic roadway, including a segment on our very own Richmond Highway. SFDC's Executive Director, Edythe Kelleher, was interviewed for the piece, along with Chairman Sharon Bulova and Supervisor Jeff McKay .
Route 1 is historically connected to George Washington, who rode his horse to and from Alexandria and Mount Vernon on the Potomac Path, which in some stretches went along modern day Route 1.
In the late 1920s, the highway was in the running to be selected as the route for the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Concerns were raised, however, about the nature of the road - traffic, billboards and signs.
Once a hotel mecca for travelers on the Eastern Seaboard, the corridor’s business was diminished by the opening of Interstate I-95.
A long hoped for turnaround has begun for Route 1 in Northern Virginia with road improvements such as the gateway interchange with the I-95/495, landscaping initiatives, mixed-use development, the approval of Bus Rapid Transit and an extension of Metro's Yellow Line, and efforts to emphasize neighborhoods such as Penn-Daw and Groveton (although now they seem to be re-branding Groveton as Beacon Hill).
SFDC and local elected officials have been instrumental in pushing through these and other efforts. If you're one of the residents who went to the public meetings, pat yourself on the back too!