Kentucky Route 17

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Kentucky Route 17 marker

Kentucky Route 17
Route information
Maintained by KYTC
Major junctions
South end: US 27.svg US 27 near Falmouth
  Elongated circle 491.svg KY 491 in DeMossville
Elongated circle 14.svg KY 14 in Walton
Elongated circle 16.svg KY 16 in Independence
Elongated circle 536.svg KY 536 in Independence
I-275.svg I-275 in Covington
Elongated circle 371.svg KY 371 in Covington
Elongated circle 16.svg KY 16 in Covington
Elongated circle 8.svg KY 8 in Covington
North end: US 52.svg US 52 in Cincinnati
Location
Counties: Pendleton, Kenton
Highway system
KY 16 KY 18

Kentucky Route 17 is a state highway that runs from the small town of Catawba, in unincorporated Pendleton County to the Kentucky/Ohio border in Covington. The road begins by branching off U.S. 27 in Catawba, about four miles north of Falmouth. The road heads north with a slight bend west. The road takes a sharp turn west with an intersection with KY 467 in DeMossville. The road then heads in a western/northwestern direction, up to Walton, where it meets KY 14. Having picked up the name "Madison Pike" at the Kenton County line several miles south of KY 14, KY 17 heads north toward Independence. Approcaching Independence, the road intersects with KY 16, where KY 16 undergoes a name change: it is known as Walton-Nicholson Road to the west of KY 17, and Taylor Mill Road to the east of KY 17. KY 17 was rerouted to the south of downtown Independence. The old section of KY 17 continues through the heart of Independence, containing landmarks such as Simon Kenton High School and the Kenton County Courthouse where it is know called KY 17 Business. Just north of downtown Independence, KY 17 is transitioned from a 2-lane road to a 4-lane divided highway. The name "Madison Pike" stays with the older road that KY 17 was formerly routed along until 2002, and the split occurs at the corner where Summit View Elementary and Middle Schools sit. KY 17 picks up the name "Madison Pike" again when the old road meets up with the current route a little over two miles north. KY 17 passes a park named "Pioneer Park" as it continues north, to its intersection with Interstate 275. The road then continues north into Covington. Less than a mile north of its junction with KY 16, Holmes High School is located on the east side of KY 17. The road then continues north to the Ohio River, where it crosses the river along the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Now in Cincinnati, Ohio, the route terminates near U.S. 52.