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Georgia 17.svg
State Route 17
Length: 300 mi[1] (483 km)
South end: I-16.svgGeorgia 404.svg I-16/SR 404 south of Bloomingdale
North end: NC 69.svgGeorgia 515.svg North Carolina Highway 69/SR 515 at the North Carolina-Georgia border
Georgia State Routes
< SR 16 SR 18 >

State Route 17 is a north–south route located in the U.S. state of Georgia. The route runs from its southern terminus at I-16 south of Bloomingdale north to the North Carolina border north of Hiawassee.

Routing

S.R. 17 begins at exit 152 on I-16, the westernmost exit for I-16 in Chatham County. S.R. 17 runs north to Bloomingdale, where it begins a concurrency with U.S. 80/S.R. 26 westward. After entering Effingham County, S.R. 17 departs U.S. 80/S.R. 26, and continues northwest, parallelling the Ogeechee River through rural parts of Effingham, Screven, and Jenkins Counties before arriving in Millen. After a short concurrency with S.R. 23 and S.R. 67 in Millen, S.R. 17 continues west, then northwest, still parallel to the Ogeechee River, to Louisville. S.R. 17 overlaps U.S. 1/U.S. 221/S.R. 4 from Louisville north to Wrens. In Wrens, S.R. 17 departs and continues to the northwest to Thomson. In Thomson S.R. 17 overlaps U.S. 78/S.R. 10 north to Washington. From Washington, S.R. 17 departs the concurrency with U.S. 78/S.R. 10, intersects with U.S. 378, and continues north into the mountains of northeast Georgia, first passing through Elberton, where it intersects S.R. 72, then Bowman, where it intersects S.R. 77,and Royston. It overlaps and intersecting Interstate 85 in Lavonia. Southeast of Toccoa, the route turns to a westerly direction to Clarkesville, overlapping U.S. 123/S.R. 365 in the process. Outside of Clarkesville, the continues northwest, passing through the historic Nachoochee Valley. S.R. 17 then begins a concurrency with S.R. 75. The routes travel north through the tourist town of Helen. The two routes continue north over Unicoi Gap, then descend into the Hiawassee River valley. East of the town of Hiawassee, Georgia, the routes begin a concurrency with U.S. 76/S.R. 2. In Hiawassee, S.R. 75 departs to the north. A few miles to the west, S.R. 17 departs U.S. 76/S.R. 2, and begins a short concurrency to the north with S.R. 515 until they both reach their northern terminus at the North Carolina border. The road continues into North Carolina as North Carolina Highway 69.

Banner Routes

State Route 17 has four banner routes:

  • State Route 17 Alternate. S.R. 17 Alternate runs west from its parent route in Clarkesville to meet it again southeast of Toccoa. The route follows a former alignment of S.R. 17.
  • State Route 17 Business
  • State Route 17 Bypass
  • State Route 17 Connector
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