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U.S. Highway 17 - Northbound

U.S. 17 North
View of U.S. 17 as it departs Interstate 95 (Exit 33) at Pocotaligo. The federal highway follows a four-lane divided highway for nine miles between the freeway and Gardens Corner. U.S. 21 overlaps for the latter six miles of the roadway. Photo taken 01/18/04.
Just 1.5 miles east of the split with Interstate 95 is the merge with U.S. 21 south of Yemassee (pop. 807). U.S. 17 Alternate begins here and travels 7.4 miles north with U.S. 21. The alternate route bypasses the greater Charleston metropolitan area inland through Summerville (pop. 27,752) while U.S. 17 hugs the coastline. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Two banks of shield assemblies lie ahead of the U.S. 17 merge with U.S. 21 and split with U.S. 17 Alternate east of Poctotaligo. U.S. 17 Alternate parallels Interstate 95 to the east 24.4 miles between U.S. 17 and the southern terminus of U.S. 15 at Walterboro (pop. 5,153). The placement of the trailblazer here dates from before the Interstate system as Interstate 95 provides a faster route to the U.S. 15 corridor. U.S. 21 meanwhile parts ways with U.S. 17 Alternate south of Hendersonville for a westerly trek to Ruffin and Orangeburg (pop. 12,765). Photo taken 08/28/04.
The Interstate 26 eastbound off-ramp (Exit 221B) became the exit-only lane of the U.S. 17 northbound Septima Clark Expressway for East Bay Street. East Bay Street (U.S. 52 Spur) continues the roadway of Morrison Drive southward to the Battery section of Charleston city. Photo taken 01/18/04.
U.S. 17 northbound at the East Bay Street off-ramp. The scene here no longer exists due to the completion of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The Silas Pearman Bridge and Septima Clark Expressway alignment of U.S. 17 closed upon opening of the new bridge.1 Photo taken 01/18/04.

U.S. Highway 17 North - Town Creek and Cooper River
U.S. 17 leaves the city of Charleston and begins its ascent onto the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Ahead is Town Creek and Drum Island and the silent Grace and Pearman Bridges (awaiting demolition). A diagrammatical overhead mid-span advises motorists of the impending off-ramp onto South Carolina 703 (Coleman Boulevard) from the east end of the bridge at Mount Pleasant. Photos taken by Carter Buchanan (07/17/05)

Views of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge from mid-span high above the Cooper River. The has 1,546 feet main span ranks the cable-stayed bridge is the longest on the North American continent. The Alex Fraser Bridge in Victoria, British Columbia is just 20 feet shorter for second place.2 Photos taken by Carter Buchanan (07/17/05)
U.S. 17 northbound travelers descend from the Ravenel Bridge toward the South Carolina 703 (Coleman Boulevard) off-ramp. South Carolina 703 spurs eastward from U.S. 17 to downtown Mount Pleasant and Sullivans Island. U.S. 17 meanwhile follows Johnnie Dodd Boulevard eastward to junction Interstate 526 and South Carolina 517 (Isle of Palms Connector). Coleman Boulevard serves Patriot Point, Fort Moultrie, and the USS Yorktown. Photos taken by Carter Buchanan (07/17/05)

U.S. 17 northbound as it crossed the Silas Pearman Bridge over Towne Creek and Drum Island. The new eight-lane cable stayed bridge crossed over the Silas Pearman and John P. Grace Bridges above Drum Island between Towne Creek and the Cooper River. Photos taken 01/18/04.

U.S. 17 northbound as it crossed the Silas Pearman Bridge over the Cooper River. Photos taken 01/18/04.

Descending from the Silas Pearman Bridge to Mount Pleasant and the ramp for South Carolina 703 eastbound (Coleman Boulevard). South Carolina 703 travels eastward from U.S. 17 to Business Spur Interstate 526, Sullivan's Island (pop. 1,911), and the Isle of Palms (pop. 4,583). The junction here composed the western terminus of the 13-mile route. Photos taken 01/18/04.

Two westward looking views at the supports for the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as seen from the South Carolina 703 (Coleman Boulevard) eastbound off-ramp from the Silas Pearman Bridge. Photos taken 01/18/04.
U.S. Highway 17 North - Mount Pleasant
U.S. 17 (Johnnie Dodds Boulevard) northbound at the approach to the Interstate 526 west and Business Spur Interstate 526 eastbound joint terminal interchange at Mount Pleasant (pop. 47,609). A frontage road system coincides with Johnnie Dodds Boulevard from Grands Road eastward to the five-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange of the Charleston Belt Line & Chuck Dawley Boulevard junction. Photo taken 01/18/04.
Original button copies remain in place at the U.S. 17 junction with Interstate & Business Spur Interstate 526 as of January 2004. Featured here is the Chuck Dawley Boulevard westbound off-ramp of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard northbound. Photo taken 01/18/04.
Business Spur Interstate 526 follows Chuck Dawley Boulevard westward from U.S. 17 and Interstate 526 to South Carolina 703 (Coleman Boulevard) and Sullivan's Island (pop. 1,911). Photo taken 01/18/04.
Interstate 526 composes a 19.26 bypass of the Charleston metropolitan area between Mount Pleasant and west Charleston. Guide signs include the cities of North Charleston (pop. 79,641) and Savannah (pop. 131,510) for the connection with U.S. 17 (Savannah Highway) at the western terminus. The freeway is designated the Mark Clark Expressway. Photo taken 01/18/04.
Interstate 526 gore point sign for the westbound loop ramp from U.S. 17 northbound. The Mark Clark Expressway interchanges with Interstate 26 in 13 miles at the city of North Charleston. Interstate 526 provides access to the South Carolina Ports Authority and Charleston International Airport along the way. Photo taken 01/18/04.

Sources:

  1. The Cooper River Bridge Site, South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
  2. "Bridge new chapter of Charleston history." The Charlotte Observer, July 17, 2005.
  3. "Massive Ravenel Bridge opens to traffic today." The Times and Democrat, July 18, 2005.

Page Updated July 19, 2005.