U.S. Route 17 in South Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 17 in South Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 17.

U.S. Route 17 marker

U.S. Route 17
Major Highways in South Carolina with US 17 in red.
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 221.3 mi[1] (356.1 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 17 at GA line, near Savannah, GA
 

I‑95 in Hardeeville
US 321 in Hardeeville
US 278 in Hardeeville
I‑95 in Ridgeland

US 17 Alt. / US 21 near Poctaligo
I‑526 in Charleston
I‑26 in Charleston
I‑526 / I‑526 Bus. in Mount Pleasant

US 17 Alt. / US 521 / US 701 in Georgetown

US 501 in Myrtle Beach
North end: US 17 at NC line, near Calabash, NC
Location
Counties: Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort, Jasper
Highway system
SC 16 SC 18

In the U.S. state of South Carolina, U.S. Route 17 (US 17) is a north–south highway located near the Atlantic Ocean. The route enters the state from Georgia at the Savannah River and serves Hardeeville, Charleston, Georgetown and Myrtle Beach before entering North Carolina near Calabash.

Route description[edit]

US 17 enters into South Carolina in Jasper County as a two-lane road and within eight miles (13 km) enters Hardeeville, where it becomes a major four-lane Freeway configuration. US 17 intersects Interstate 95 at exit 5 in Hardeeville and after the intersection with US 321, runs parallel to Interstate 95 until Ridgeland, where it merges with the interstate at exit 22 until Point South. At Point South, US 17 leaves I-95 at exit 33 and heads eastward into northern Beaufort County, sharing a concurrency with US 21 until Gardens Corner. US 21 splits off to Beaufort while US 17 heads northeast into the ACE Basin and Colleton County.

The stretch of US 17 between Gardens Corner and Jacksonboro is a scenic yet rural two-lane road configuration that has proven to be a very dangerous and deadly stretch for motorists. SCDOT is working on improving portions of the roadway, including widening some portions and reducing the speed limits. Once in Jacksonboro, the road enters into Charleston County crossing over the Edisto River and regaining a four-lane configuration for the remainder of the state. The road passes through several rural communities as it approaches Charleston from the west. Just before the interchange with Interstate 526, major commercial development starts and continues into the West Ashley neighborhood of Charleston until the Ashley River.

In Charleston, US 17 traverses the Ashley River Drawbridges and comes onto the Charleston Peninsula, being routed north of the historical areas of the city. The first portion is at-grade and has a few traffic-signals for flow purposes. Upon reaching the Interstate 26 terminus, US 17 becomes limited-access and above grade as it approaches the Cooper River via the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the stretch of US 17 in Charleston is infamous among locals for its traffic congestion, especially on weekday mornings. The 3.6-mile (5.8 km) section running from SC 171 to Sam Rittenberg Boulevard has been named the "Charleston Nine Memorial Highway", in honor of nine Charleston firefighters killed in the line of duty in the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire on June 18, 2007.[2]

Upon crossing the river, the highway enters Mount Pleasant at grade and is signalized for several miles up through the second interchange with Interstate 526 and connecting roads to the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island. The road leaves the Charleston metro area by entering into the Francis Marion National Forest and going through the rural communities of Awendaw and McClellanville on its northeastern journey to Georgetown. US 17 makes a spectacular crossing of the marsh-lined Santee River as it enters Georgetown County. After going around the charming city of Georgetown, US 17 crosses eastward over the Waccamaw / Pee Dee river system before making a northward turn along the Grand Strand.

The last component of US 17 runs close to the Atlantic, beginning at the Hobcaw Barony and DeBordieu, passing by Pawleys Island and going past the Litchfield beaches and Murrells Inlet. It then enters into Horry County and passing Surfside Beach, and arriving in Myrtle Beach. US 17 splits here between a business route and the standard route, which remains west of the beach and tourist areas served by Business 17. The roads rejoin north of the city and continue as US 17 through Atlantic Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Little River before crossing into North Carolina. The portions from Murrells Inlet to the state line are quite congested at times, though the soon to be constructed Interstate 73 should assist in alleviating many traffic issues.

History[edit]

The route was part of the 1926 approved plan for a national system of highways, and appears on the approved map. When first signed, US 17 followed a route that went through Florence and Marion.[3] The original route through South Carolina was 288 miles (463 km) long.

At this time, U.S. routes in South Carolina used a dual-numbering system; US 17 was also signed SC 1 from Georgia to Yemasse, SC 30 from Yemassee to Walterboro, SC 6 from Walterboro to Charleston, SC 2 from Charleston to Goose Creek, SC 41 from Goose Creek to Florence, SC 3 from Florence to North Carolina.[4][5] By 1928, all of the dual numbers had been removed except for SC 2.[5] The entire route from Georgia to North Carolina was paved by 1930.[6] At one point the route from Green Pond to Jacksonboro was SC 32.

The early routing was already identified to be shifted to the Kings Highway which would pass through Myrtle Beach and Georgetown; re-routing occurred in 1935.[3][5]

The first tourist welcome center in South Carolina opened in February 1968 on US 17 near Little River.[7]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Jasper State line 0.0 0.0 US 17 south – Savannah Georgia state line
  4.3 6.9 SC 315 north (S Okatie Highway) – Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort Southern terminus of SC 315
  6.7 10.8 SC 170 west (Alligator Alley) – Port Wentworth West end of SC 170 overlap
Limehouse 8.2 13.2 SC 170 east (Freedom Parkway) – Hilton Head Island, Beaufort East end of SC 170 overlap
Hardeeville 13.1 21.1 I‑95 – Florence, Jacksonville I-95 exit 5
13.7 22.0 US 321 north (Deerfield Road) – Augusta To Jasper Power Plant; southern terminus of US 321
14.1 22.7 SC 46 (Main Street) – Tillman, Hilton Head Island
16.1 25.9 US 278 east to I‑95 – Beaufort, Hilton Head Island East end of US 278 overlap
Ridgeland 26.4 42.5 To I‑95 – Florence, Savannah
28.7 46.2 SC 336 (Main Street) – Tillman
28.8 46.3 US 278 west – Hampton West end of US 278 overlap
30.7 49.4 I‑95 south – Savannah South end of I-95 overlap; exit 22
  36.2 58.3 SC 462 – Coosawhatchie I-95 exit 28
Pocotaligo 40.7 65.5 I‑95 north – Florence North end of I-95 overlap; exit 33
Beaufort   42.7 68.7
US 21 north (Castle Hall Road) / US 17 Alt. north – Yemassee, Walterboro
South end of US 21 overlap; Southern terminus of US 17 Alt
Gardens Corner 49.1 79.0 US 21 south (Trask Parkway) – Beaufort North end of US 21 overlap
Colleton Green Pond 61.1 98.3 SC 303 north (Green Pond Highway) – Walterboro Southern terminus of SC 303
Jacksonboro 71.2 114.6 SC 64 west (Charleston Highway) – Walterboro Eastern terminus of SC 64
Charleston Osborn 78.2 125.9 SC 174 south – Edisto Beach Northern Terminus of SC 174
Ravenel 84.1 135.3 SC 165 – Younges Island, Summerville
90.0 144.8 SC 162 west – Hollywood, Edisto Beach Eastern terminus of SC 162
Charleston 97.3 156.6 SC 7 north (Sam Rittenburg Boulevard) Southern terminus of SC 7
97.4 156.8 I‑526 east – North Charleston, Charleston International Airport Western terminus of I-526
101.0 162.5 SC 171 (Wesley Drive) – James Island, Folly Beach
101.4 163.2 SC 61 west (St. Andrews Boulevard) / SC 700 west (Folly Road Boulevard) – Summerville, Folly Beach
101.6 163.5 Ashley River Memorial Bridge across the Ashley River
102.6 165.1 SC 30 west (Lockwood Drive) – James Island, Folly Beach Eastern terminus of SC 30
103.1 165.9 To US 78 (King Street) / Carolina Street / Sheppard Street Southbound exit only; West end of I-26 overlap; Eastern Terminus of I-26
103.6 166.7 I‑26 west – North Charleston, Columbia East end of I-26 overlap
103.8 167.0 US 52 (Meeting Street) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
104.1 167.5
US 52 Spur (East Bay Street / Morrison Drive)
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; no US 52 Spur signage at exit
Cooper River 105.2 169.3 Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Mount Pleasant 106.3 171.1 SC 703 (Coleman Boulevard) – Sullivan's Island
109.5 176.2 I‑526 west / I‑526 Bus. east (Chuck Dawley Boulevard) – North Charleston, Savannah
111.5 179.4 SC 517 south – Isle of Palms Northern terminus of SC 517
114.0 183.5 SC 41 north – Huger Southern terminus of SC 41
McClellanville 140.0 225.3 SC 45 north Southern terminus of SC 45
Georgetown Georgetown 162.8 262.0
US 521 north (Highmarket Street) / US 701 north (Fraser Street) / US 17 Alt. south (Exchange Street) – Andrews, Walterboro, Conway
Northern terminus of US 17 Alt; Southern termini of US 521/US 701
164.7 265.1 L.W. Stau Bridge across the Waccamaw River (Intracoastal Waterway)
Murrells Inlet 181.9 292.7
US 17 Bus. north – Murrells Inlet
Southern Terminus of US 17 Bus
185.0 297.7 SC 707 (Burgess Road) – Conway, Murrells Inlet
Horry Garden City 181.9 292.7
To US 17 Bus. north – Garden City, Myrtle Beach
191.6 308.4 SC 544 (Dick Pond Road) – Surfside Beach, Socastee, Conway
Myrtle Beach 194.3 312.7 SC 707 south (Socastee Boulevard) / Farrow Parkway – Socastee Northern termini of SC 707
196.5 316.2 Harrelson BoulevardMYR Int'l Airport
197.5 317.8 US 501 – Myrtle Beach, Conway Cloverleaf interchange
201.8 324.8 To SC 31 / Grissom Parkway – Downtown Myrtle Beach No northbound south exit
205.1 330.1
US 17 Bus. south (Kings Highway) – Myrtle Beach
Northern Terminus of US 17 Bus
Briarcliffe Acres 207.3 333.6 SC 22 west (Conway Bypass) to SC 31 / US 501 – Conway Eastern Terminus of SC 22
North Myrtle Beach 211.1 339.7 SC 65 north (27th Avenue South) – Crescent Beach Southern terminus of SC 65
213.6 343.8 Robert Edge ParkwayWampee
E. Main Street – Downtown N. Myrtle Beach
Signed as Robert Edge Parkway (West) and Main Street (East)
215.7 347.1 SC 9 south – Cherry Grove Beach South end of SC 9 overlap
216.0 347.6 Bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway
Little River 216.5 348.4 SC 90 – Conway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
216.7 348.7 SC 9 north to SC 31 – Loris, Dillon North end of SC 9 overlap
217.4 349.9 SC 90 west – Conway Eastern terminus of South Carolina 90
219.4 353.1 Mineola Avenue – Little River, Brooksville Signed as (East) and (West)
220.6 355.0 SC 179 north / Graystone Boulevard – Calabash Southern terminus of SC 179
State line 221.3 356.1 US 17 north – Shallotte, Wilmington North Carolina state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  • Moore, John Hammond (1987). The South Carolina Highway Department, 1917–1987. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0-87249-528-0. 

External links[edit]


U.S. Route 17
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