South Carolina Highway 170

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South Carolina Highway 170

Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length49.010 mi[1][2] (78.874 km)
SC 170 Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end SR 25 at Georgia state line in Port Wentworth, GA
Major intersections
East end
US 21 Bus. in Beaufort
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountiesJasper, Beaufort
Highway system
SC 165 SC 171

South Carolina Highway 170 (SC 170) is a 49.010-mile (78.874 km) state highway, connecting northern Beaufort County with southern portions of Beaufort and Jasper counties. Due to increased population growth in both areas, the majority of the road is four lanes wide, with certain areas retaining the original two-lane configuration.

Route description

Beginning at a bridge over the Savannah River, the highway travels through a densely wooded area and crosses nearly 2 miles (3.2 km) of marshes within the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. At the site of a former truck weigh station, the highway merges with U.S. Route 17 (US 17); SC 170 is concurrent with US 17 for approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) on a four-lane, divided highway configuration. In Limehouse the highway branches off from US 17 to the east after traveling under an abandoned railroad bridge, and flanks the east side of that highway momentarily until a fork on the road with Limehouse Road (which includes Levy Road slicing through both) where it curves onto Freedom Parkway. Freedom Parkway makes a slight curve to the right before terminating at SC 315 (formerly SC 170 Alternate), and SC 170 makes a left turn at Okatie Highway. SC 170 rejoins its previous trajectory after the western terminus of the concurrency with SC 46. SC 170 and SC 46 are concurrent for 2.7-mile (4.3 km)[3] crossing the Beaufort County line in the process where it becomes May River Road until reaching a traffic circle in Pritchardville. SC 46 continues to the east while SC 170 turns north onto four-lane Okatie Highway.[4]

After the Bluffton Parkway, which provides direct access to Bluffton, it skirts the eastern edge of the Sun City Hilton Head development, then travels under a partial cloverleaf interchange with US 278, which is known locally as McGarvey's Corner. For the next approximately 8 miles (13 km), the highway travels along the Jasper–Beaufort county line. The divided highway briefly ends at the intersection of a private road named "Heffallump Road" but remains four-lanes with a center turn lane provision only to become a divided highway again at the Oldfield Golf Club and Equestrian Center. Curving back to the east as it approaches the intersection with SC 462, the highway later re-enters Jasper County at the two ends of Old Baileys Road, then travels along the Jasper–Beaufort county line again until it reaches the intersection of Snake Road and Callawassie Island's entrance road.[4]

Now in Beaufort County proper once again, the highway becomes more scenic, with panoramas of marshes and surrounding islands extending for miles. The divided highway ends again, as it approaches the Edgar C. Glenn Boat Ramp under the four-lane (with center-painted divider) bridge over the Chechesee River and enters Lemon Island. The highway briefly becomes a four-lane divided highway again as it winds southeast through the island but the divider itself is short-lived. SC 170 leaves the island and enters Burton by crossing the Broad River over the 1.7-mile-long (2.7 km), four-lane Edward Burton Rogers Bridge. The bridge was built in 2004 and replaced a two-lane drawbridge.[5] Before returning to the mainland, the remains of the former drawbridge can be found on the north side of the existing bridge, and serves as a fishing pier, then a frontage road to the Broad River Boat Launching area.[6] SC 170 is now known as Robert Smalls Parkway for approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) as it travels in a northeasterly direction across Port Royal Island. The frontage road ends across from the intersection with SC 128, and later SC 170 intersects with US 21 and briefly becomes a divided highway at the crossing with the Spanish Moss Trail before turning straight north and finally ending at US 21 Business (US 21 Bus.) in Beaufort.[4]


Established around 1931 as a new primary routing from US 17 (today Levy Road S-27-34) to SC 33 (today SC 46). In 1939, it was extended north to where US 278 exists today. In 1940, it was extended north again to SC 368, near Coosawhatchie; and again by 1942 to US 17 in Coosawhatchie.[7] In 1949, SC 170 was extended west from Coosawhatchie to SC 128, near Gillisonville, a renumbering of SC 366.[8] In 1958, SC 170 was rerouted to US 21 in Beaufort, via the Broad River Bridge, replacing part of SC 169; its old alignment north through Coosawhatchie was renumbered to SC 462.[5][9][10] Around 1975, SC 170 was extended slightly south over an old alignment of US 17 as mainline US 17 was placed on a new bypass west of Limehouse.[11] In 1995, SC 170 was extended south into Georgia, replacing a section of mainline US 17.

Major intersections

SR 25 south – Port Wentworth
Continuation beyond Georgia state line over the Little Back River
US 17 south – Savannah
Western end of US 17 concurrency
US 17 north – Hardeeville
Eastern end of US 17 concurrency
SC 315 south – Savannah
Northern terminus of SC 315
SC 46 west (Plantation Drive) – Hardeeville
Western end of SC 46 concurrency
SC 46 east (May River Road) / New Riverside Road – Bluffton
Eastern end of SC 46 concurrency; roundabout
Bluffton16.05525.838 US 278 (Fording Island Road) – Hilton Head Island, Hardeeville
SC 462 north (Low Country Drive) – Ridgeland
Southern terminus of SC 462
JasperNo major intersections
BeaufortBroad River42.88569.017Broad River Bridge over the Broad River
Port Royal44.14071.036
SC 128 east (Savannah Highway) – Parris Island, Port Royal, Sea Islands
Formerly the southern terminus for SC 802
Beaufort47.36076.219 US 21 (Parris Island Gateway) – Parris Island, Charleston, Columbia
US 21 Bus. (Boundary Street) – Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Levy alternate route

Alt plate South Carolina.svg

South Carolina Highway 170 Alternate

LocationLevy, South Carolina
Length6.1 mi[12] (9.8 km)

South Carolina Highway 170 Alternate (SC 170 Alt.) was a 6.1-mile (9.8 km) alternate route that was established around 1972 as a new primary routing from U.S. Route 17 Alternate (US 17 Alt.) to SC 170; an upgrade to secondary road S-27-117 (built in the late 1950s) and part of S-27-92 (Belinger Hill Road).[11] Its existence created a rare alternate spur, but provided a more direct routing between Bluffton and Savannah, Georgia. In 2010, it was renumbered as SC 315.

The entire route is in Jasper County.

0.00.0 US 17 (Speedway Boulevard) – Hardeeville, SavannahSouthern terminus
SC 170 (Freedom Parkway / South Okatie Highway) to SC 46 – Bluffton, Hilton Head Island
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Google. "Overview map of SC 46/SC 170 concurrency" (Map). Google Maps. Google.
  4. ^ a b c Google (November 16, 2013). "Overview map of SC 170" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  5. ^ a b " - Broad River Draw Bridge". Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Public Boat Ramps | Hilton Head | St Helena Island | Beaufort County SC".
  7. ^ General Highway Map, Jasper County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1940. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  8. ^ General Highway Map, Jasper County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1952. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  9. ^ General Highway Map, Jasper County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1959. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  10. ^ General Highway Map, Beaufort County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1967. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  11. ^ a b General Highway Map, Jasper County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1979. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Google (November 16, 2013). "Overview map of SC 170 Alt. (Levy)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 16, 2013.

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