US 17
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From: Georgia State Line at Savannah Georgia (Jasper County)
To: North Carolina State Line above Little River (Horry County)
Total Length: 224.5 miles  
Nationally, US 17 runs from US 41 Punt Gorda, FL to US 11-50-522 in Winchester, VA.
ROUTE LOG
GA STATE LINE: 0 - 0
SC 315: 4.1 - 4.1
SC 170 SB: 2.5 - 6.6
SC 170 NB: 1.6 - 8.2
I-95 (exit 5): 4.5 - 12.7
US 321: 0.7 - 13.4
SC 46: 0.2 - 13.6
US 278 EB: 2.0 - 15.6
SC 336: 11.7 - 27.3
US 278 WB: 0.2 - 27.5
I-95 SB (exit 22): 1.1 - 28.6
SC 462: 6.0 - 34.6
I-95 NB (exit 33): 4.8 - 41.4
Beaufort-Jasper Line: 1.5 - 42.9
US 17 ALT, US 21 NB: 0.2 - 43.1
US 21 SB: 6.7 - 49.8
Colleton-Beaufort Line: 5.9 - 55.7
SC 303: 6.1 - 61.8
SC 64: 10.2 - 72
Charleston-Colleton Line: 1.0 - 73
SC 174: 5.9 - 78.9
SC 165: 6.0 - 84.9
SC 162: 5.9 - 90.8
SC 7: 7.4 - 98.2
I-526 (exit 9): 0.1 - 98.3
SC 171: 3.9 - 102.2
SC 700: 0.2 - 102.4
SC 61: 0.1 - 102.5
SC 30: 1.0 - 103.5
US 78: 0.9 - 104.4
BEGIN I-26 (exit 221): 0.1 - 104.5
I-26 WB (exit 220): 0.7 - 105.2
US 52: 0.1 - 105.3
SC 703: 3.0 - 108.3
I-526 (exit 30), I-526 SPUR: 3.2 - 111.5
I-526 (exit 29): 0.3 - 111.8
SC 517: 1.0 - 112.8
SC 41: 3.6 - 116.4
SC 45: 26.6 - 143
Georgetown-Charleston Line: 7.5 - 150.5
US 521: 15.2 - 165.7
US 17 ALT, US 701: 0.2 - 165.9
US 17 BUS: 19.2 - 185.1
SC 707: 3.1 - 188.2
Horry-Georgetown Line: 0.4 - 188.6
US 17 Bus: 0.2 - 188.8
SC 544: 5.9 - 194.7
SC 707: 2.6 - 197.3
US 501: 3.2 - 200.5
US 17 Bus: 7.7 - 208.2
SC 22: 2.0 - 210.2
SC 65: 4.2 - 214.2
SC 9 EB: 4.5 - 218.7
SC 9 WB, SC 90: 0.9 - 219.6
SC 90: 1.2 - 220.8
SC 179: 2.8 - 223.6
NC STATE LINE: 0.9 - 224.5
Creation: Appeared in late 1926 as an original US highway. Entered South Carolina from Georgia at Port Wentworth, GA, then headed north to Hardeeville, Ridgeland, Yemassee and Walterboro, then proceeding east to Jacksonboro and Charleston, then heading north to Moncks Corner, Kingstree, Lake City and Florence, then east to Marion and Mullins before slipping east into North Carolina near Nichols. US 17 was attached to SC 1 from Georgia to Yemassee; SC 30 from Yemassee to Walterboro;

1922 Auto Trails
SC 1 and SC 30 in southern SC
1922 Auto Trails
1930 Official
US 17 replaces SC 1 and SC 30
1930 Official

SC 6 from Walterboro to Charleston (used Spring St to King St);

1922 Auto Trails
SC 6 Charleston to Walterboro
1922 Auto Trails
1930 Official
US 17 replaces SC 6
1930 Official

SC 2 from Charleston to near today's Goose Creek and SC 41 from Goose Creek to Florence (used Irby to Chevis); SC 3 from Florence to North Carolina. This zig-zag route through the coastal area of South Carolina was 288 miles long.
Adjustments: If US 17 ever used Poston Rd/Springville Rd west of Marion or S-34-331 (used to loop back to US 76) it stopped doing so by 1927.
In 1928, all the South Carolina routes were dropped from US 17 except SC 2.
If US 17 ever ran through Lake City via Church St, it stopped doing so by 1928 (bridge date).
In 1935, US 17 was rerouted at Charleston to instead follow US 701 to Georgetown then replaced SC 49 from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach; replace US 117 from Myrtle Beach to North Carolina. The old route became US 52 from Charleston to Florence and Florence to North Carolina became an extended US 76. Today it is still US 52 except: US 78 King St; S-10-39 Meeting St; S-8-791 Strwaberry to Moncks Corner; "Old US 52" south of US 521; abandoned roadway through Dickie Swamp; abandoned causeway and Dutch Neck Rd approaching Kingstree; SC 261 and S-45-8 Academy-Kelly-3rd St through Kingstree; Evans St/Coit St in Florence. It is still US 76 except: Cheves St east out of Florence; S-21-24 Paper Mill Rd briefly before using Dupont Rd to the original Pee Dee River crossing. On the other side it used Jake Hill Rd to Pee Dee; in Marion US 17 used Dunlop St and Godbold St.

1933 Official
US 17 Charleston-Florence-NC
1933 Official
1935 Official
US 17 Charleston-Georgetwon-Myrtle Beach-NC
1935 Official

In 1938, US 17 was given a bypass of Rantowles, Ravenel, and Adams Run on new alignment that may have had a primary designation briefly first. The old route briefly became a US 17 ALT. Today this is all of SC 162, some of SC 174, and S-10-40.

1935 Official
US 17 via Adams Run
1935 Official
1938 Gen Draft
US 17 more direct
1938 Gen Draft

Also in 1938, US 17 was given a bypass around central Yemassee, leaving behind US 21 ALT. Today it is S-7-3 and S-25-1.

1939 Official
US 17 into Yemassee
1939 Official
1943 Beaufort County
US 17 rerouted to the west
1943 Beaufort County

Between 1941-46, US 17 was removed from Green St in Ridgeland onto its current routing. Green St became US 17 ALT (now S-27-32).
Between 1943-47, US 17 was rerouted in Charleston to run Spring/Meeting/Lee Sts.

1935 Gen Draft
US 17 using Spring/King/Columbus/Lee
1935 Gen Draft
1951 Official
US 17 using Spring/Meeting/Lee
1951 Official

About 1951, US 17 was rerouted to run directly from Jacksonboro to Pocotaligo, replacing SC 32. The old route from Jacksonboro to Walterboro became SC 63 (now mostly SC 64, plus a little SC 64 bus and SC 63), and US 15 (now US 17 ALT) down to Pocotaligo.

1950 Official
US 17 Pocotaligo-Walterboro-Jacksonboro
1950 Official
1951 Official
US 17 Pocotaligo to Jacksonboro direct
1951 Official

In 1952, US 17 was rerouted in Charleston into one-way splits - NB used Cannon/King/Columbus/Meeting, while SB used Meeting/Spring Sts. The two alignments crossed each other at King and Spring Sts.
In 1957 or 1958, US 17 NB split was rerouted in Charleston to use Cannon/Coming/Line Sts to Meeting. The NB-SB routes still crossed, now at Coming at Spring Sts.

1956 Gousha
US 17 given one-way splits
1956 Gousha
1959 Gousha
US 17 given revised one-way splits
1959 Gousha

In 1958, US 17 was removed from S-10-1024 Old Charleston Hwy in the Red Top area.
Between 1964-66, US 17 received its western bypass of Murrells Inlet leaving behind US 17 Business.

1963 Georgetown County
US 17 through Murrells Inlet
1963 Georgetown County
1966 Georgetown County
US 17 bypasses Murrells Inlet
1966 Georgetown County

About 1967, US 17 received its northern bypass of Mt. Pleasant, leaving behind US 17 Business. Today this is half SC 703 and all of I-526 Bus.

1960 Charleston County
US 17 through Mt. Pleasant
1960 Charleston County
1967 Charleston County
US 17 bypasses Mt. Pleasant
1967 Charleston County

In 1968 or 1969, US 17 was rerouted through Downtown Charleston onto the "Crosstown Expwy". Previously US 17 split into one way streets through the downtown area using Spring/Cannon St, and Line/Lee Sts.
In 1970, US 17 was placed on new expressway in the vicinity of SC 9 and the Intracoastal Waterway, leaving behind S-26-20 and SC 90.

1968 Horry County
US 17 via Nixon Crossroads
1968 Horry County
1974 Horry County
new US 17 alignment
1974 Horry County

In 1971, US 17 was placed onto I-95 from Ridgeland to just south of Coosawhatchie.
In 1973, US 17 was placed on I-95 from north of Coosawhatchie to Pocotaligo.
In 1975, US 17 was placed on I-95 around Coosawhatchie.

1971 Official
US 17 added to I-95 out of Ridgeland
1971 Official
1973 Official
US 17 added to I-95 south of Pocotaligo
1973 Official
1976 Official
US 17 added to I-95 south of Pocotaligo
1976 Official

About 1981, US 17 was given its bypass of Myrtle Beach leaving behind US 17 Business. From Murrells Inlet to US 501 was new construction, while US 501 northward was a replacement of SC 317.

1980 Official
SC 317 west of Myrtle Beach
1980 Official
1981 Official
SC 317 replaced by US 17
1981 Official

In 1997, US 17 was rerouted below Hardeeville to cross into Georgia right at Downtown Savannah, replacing US 17 ALT. The old route into Georgia became part of an extended SC 170.

1996 Official
US 17 into Port Wentworth GA
1996 Official
2006 Official
US 17 into Port Wentworth GA
2006 Official

In 2005, US 17 was rerouted in Charleston to multiplex up I-26 a short distance then heading east across a new Cooper River Bridge crossing.

1976 Official
US 17 moved onto Crosstown Expwy to connect with I-26
1976 Official
2006 Official
US 17 moved onto a little I-26 to new Cooper River Bridge
2006 Official

Improvements: Upon designation, US 17 was paved only from Megget to Charleston to near Goose Creek.
In 1928, US 17 was paved from Adams Run to Megget and from Pee Dee to Nichols.
US 17 was fully paved in 1930.
The first piece of US 17 to be 4-laned was in place between 1947-52, from US 501 north a couple miles.
In 1956, US 17 was 4-laned from Ridgeland to Pocotaligo. Also in 1956 US 17 was 4-laned from SC 615 (current SC 171) into downtown Charleston.
In 1958, US 17 was 4-laned from SC 171 west to S-10-20 Main Rd; also from the Cooper River to Mt Pleasant.
In 1959, US 17 was 4-laned a couple miles to the south of US 501 Myrtle Beach.
Around 1962, US 17 was 4-laned from Myrtle Beach south to near the Waccamaw River Bridge, except around Murrells Inlet.
In 1963, US 17 was 4-laned north from Myrtle Beach to Atlantic Beach.
About 1967, US 17 was 4-laned from Charleston to the north end of the Mt. Pleasant Bypass and also on the new Murrells Inlet Bypass.
In 1968 or 1969, US 17 was 4-laned across the Waccamaw/Pee Dee/Black Rivers into Georgetown.
In 1970, US 17 was 4-laned from the north end of the Mt. Pleasant Bypass to SC 41.
In 1971, US 17 was 4-laned from Crescent Beach to the NC Line, except at the Intracoastal Waterway.
In 1972, US 17 was 4-laned around teh SC 9 interchanges and also from SC 162 Rantowles to S-10-20.
In 1973, US 17 was 4-laned from SC 64 Jacksonboro to SC 162.
In 1974, US 17 was 4-laned from US 321 Hardeeville south to the US 17-17 ALT split near Savannah; also US 17 was 4-laned around Awendaw.
In 1976, US 17 was 4-laned from Georgetown south for several miles.
In 1978, US 17 was 4-laned from from SC 41 to Awendaw and also from the Santee River Bridges north to Georgetown.
In 1979, US 17 was 4-laned from Mclellanville to the Santee River.
In 1980, US 17 was 4-laned from Awendaw to McLellanville.
When I drove US 17 in January 2004 there were 3 sections of a mile each of undivided 4-lane ("passing lanes") between Gardens Corner and Jacksonboro.
About 2014, US 17 was formally widened from Gardens Corner to inside Colleton County.
About 2015, US 17 was widened the rest of the way to Jacksonboro.
In summary US 17 is 4-laned continuously from Ridgeland north to the North Carolina line, as well as a small segment south of Hardeeville.
Comment: US 17 is South Carolina's important coastal route, north of Pocotaligo.
The Myrtle Beach bypass is now not so much a good way to avoid the Grand Strand and the development between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach (especially Pawleys Island area) has saddled down US 17. Two better alternatives: US 701 from Georgetown to Conway, SC 90 east to S-26-57 to US 17 in North Carolina; OR US 17 to SC 544 to SC 31 to SC 9....
US 17 is known as the "Ocean Hiway" in South Carolina.
US 17 between SC 41 and Georgetown is still very sparsely settled, with the Francis Marion National Forest and Santee River swamps limiting development potential.
US 17 truck traffic is directed to use I-526 on both ends around Charleston.
US 17 directly serves Brookgreen Gardens and Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach State Parks.


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