U.S. 17 South - Brunswick County

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U.S. 17 North Carolina Route 133 South U.S. 74 U.S. 76 West
U.S. 17-74-76 & NC 133 combine ahead of Alligator Creek on Eagle Island. The Causeway Bridge Project underway between January 2014 and November 2016 included replacement of the bridges across Alligator Creek. Photo taken 06/01/05.
NC 133 separates from U.S. 17-74-76 just across the Brunswick River and resumes a southerly course. Paralleling the west bank of the Cape Fear River, the state route travels to Clarendon, Pinelevel and NC 87 by Sunny Point Military Ocean terminal. NC 87 and 133 combine toward Southport. Photo taken 06/01/05.
NC 133 bypasses Southport along Long Beach Road, linking NC 87 with NC 210 west before continuing south onto Oak Island. Oak Island features several beaches, including Caswell Beach on the eastern tip (near the Oak Island Lighthouse), Yaupon Beach near the center of the island, and Long Beach. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Village Road (SR 1472) joins U.S. 17-74-76 at the exchange with NC 133 from Belville, Navassa and Leland to the northwest. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The Brunswick River bridge was replaced by mid-November 2016 with an eight land span. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The diamond interchange with River Road (NC 133) south and Village Road (SR 1472) west was reconfigured into a DDI. The new ramp system debuted to motorists on April 15, 2016. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 17 South U.S. 74 U.S. 76 West
U.S. 17-74-76 divide a half mile west of the DDI with N.C. 133. U.S. 17 branches southwest, continuing mostly along an expressway to the Grand Strand in South Carolina. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Traffic partitions at the forthcoming trumpet interchange with two lanes for both U.S. 17 south to Shalotte and two lanes for U.S. 74/76 west to Whiteville. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 17 south serves coastal areas of Brunswick County, with connections to area beaches via NC 87 south to Oak Island, NC 211 south to Holden Beach and both NC 179 and NC 904 south to Ocean Isle Beach. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Westbound at the split of U.S. 74-76 from U.S. 17. U.S. 74 & 76 overlap west to Chadborn. Beyond there, U.S. 76 continues west toward Marion and Florence in South Carolina, while U.S. 74 turns northwest along the I-74 Corridor to Lumberton, Laurinburg and Rockingham. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 17 South
A U-turn connects Lanvale Road south with U.S. 17 northbound west of the J-turn along U.S. 17 south. The four-lane highway crosses over a DOD Railroad beyond the signalized turn. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Leaving the town of Leland, U.S. 17 advances southwest to a trumpet interchange (Exit 39) with Interstate 140 east. Photo taken 12/31/17.
The western leg of the Wilmington Bypass opened northward from U.S. 17 to U.S. 74/76 at Leland on October 16, 2014. The final link east to U.S. 421 and the Dan Cameron Bridge across the NE Cape Fear River debuted to traffic on December 19, 2017. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Goodman Road east and Hewett-Burton Road west come together at a J-turn on U.S. 17 preceding Interstate 140. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Confirming marker preceding the west end of Interstate 140 near Bishop. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Interstate 140 encircles the Wilmington area along a 25-mile course leading back to U.S. 17 near Scotts Hill and the Pender County line. Photo taken 12/31/17.
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U.S. 17 and North Carolina 87 southbound converge just beyond the exchange with Interstate 140. Photos taken 12/31/17.
North Carolina 87 joins the Brunswick County beaches with Elizabethtown and Fayetteville to the northwest. The state route travels 239 miles north to the state line, where Virginia 87 continues the highway to Ridgeway. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Locally, N.C. 87 takes a winding course 9.4 miles north from U.S. 17 at Bishop to Batarora and U.S. 74/76 at Maco and the rural city of Northwest. Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 North Carolina Route 87 South
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N.C. 87 south combines with U.S. 17 for 3.3 miles through Bishop. A U-turn connects the state route with U.S. 17 north to Wilmington. Photos taken 12/31/17.
J-turns also connect U.S. 17 & N.C. 87 with Zion Church Road south and Hazels Branch Road, both former alignments of U.S. 17. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Continuing south from Bishop along U.S. 17 & North Carolina 87 southbound. Photo taken 12/31/17.
The town of Shallotte lies 25 miles to the southwest along U.S. 17. Myrtle Beach is around an hour's drive from Bishop. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Zion Church Road returns to U.S. 17 from the settlement of Town Creek ahead of the bridge across Town Creek. Photo taken 12/31/17.
N.C. 87 separates from U.S. 17 south beyond the community of Winnabow. The state route provides one of two connections to the coastal town of St. James. Accessible by ferry from Southport, Bald Head Island extends south into the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Photo taken 12/31/17.
N.C. 87 navigates 11.80 miles southward along a rural course through Mill Creek and the city of Boiling Springs Lake to merge with N.C. 133. Photo taken 12/31/17.
The city of Southport lies beyond the south end of N.C. 87 along N.C. 211 on the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River. Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 South
Shallotte is another 20 miles south along U.S. 17 after the separation with North Carolina 87. The distance to Myrtle Beach increased six miles from the preceding assembly. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Bell Swamp Road (SR 1406) branches west from U.S. 17 by this shield assembly at milepost 34. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Approaching the town of Bolivia, U.S. 17 partitions with U.S. 17 Business (Old Ocean Highway). Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 Business (Old Ocean Highway) was established in July 1991 along the former alignment of U.S. 17 southwest to Bolivia, the Brunswick County Government Complex and Piney Grove.1 Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 shifts westward to bypass the Brunswick County seat along a four-lane expressway. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Forthcoming N.C. 906 was created in January 2016 along a series of state secondary routes. The state route links U.S. 17 with N.C. 211 at Smith and the barrier island town of Oak Island.2 Photo taken 12/31/17.
Southbound U.S. 17 at N.C. 906 / Galloway Road. The 12.4-mile long state route provides a second link from U.S. 17 to the town of St. James Photo taken 12/31/17.
Passing south of Beaverdam Bay, U.S. 17 intersects Randolphville Road ahead of this sign for Thomas J. Harrelson Highway. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Construction in 2011 converted the intersection with the south end of U.S. 17 Business (Old Ocean Highway) from Bolivia to use J-turns. The business route is unmarked along U.S. 17 southbound. Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 overtakes its prior alignment (Tucker Road) on this curve west of U.S. 17 Business. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Medical Center Parkway intersects U.S. 17 at this traffic light by Brunswick Novant Medical Center. Opened in 2016, the $107 million complex replaced Brunswick Community Hospital, located three miles further south along U.S. 17.3 Photo taken 12/31/17.
Groundbreaking for Novant Medical Center took place on January 23, 2008. Subsequent work included a $3 million conversion of U.S. 17 to a superstreet by 100-acre site.3 Photo taken 12/31/17.
Benton Road loops northeast from this signal with U.S. 17 back to U.S. 17 Business near Bolivia. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Crossing Royal Oak Swamp, U.S. 17 enters the unincorporated community of Supply. The two spans here were built in 1991. Photo taken 12/31/17.
The succeeding intersection joins U.S. 17 south with North Carolina 211 southeast to St. James and north to the town of Bolton. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Traveling 166 miles overall, N.C. 211 joins Southport and the Brunswick County beaches with Lumberton to the north. The state route extends northwest to Candor. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Several fast food restaurants and a service station line U.S. 17 at the cross roads with N.C. 211 in Supply. Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 bee lines west southwest 5.61 miles to U.S. 17 Business at the town of Shallotte. Travelers will reach Myrtle Beach in 44 miles. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Mt. Pisgah (SR 1130) provides a cutoff south from U.S. 17 to N.C. 130 for the barrier island town of Holden Beach. SR 1130 converges with N.C. 130 in 4.0 miles. Photo taken 12/31/17.
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U.S. 17 Business (Main Street) angles southwest from U.S. 17 through Shallotte. The business loop links U.S. 17 with N.C. 130 (Smith Avenue) south in less than a mile. The state route leads east to Holden Beach from Main Street by the Shallotte Crossing retail complex. Photos taken 12/31/17.
Shifting northward, U.S. 17 bypasses Shallotte along a controlled access expressway. The town limits spread along Smith Road to U.S. 17, where traffic lights were added in2 017. Photo taken 12/31/17.
A parclo B2 interchange joins U.S. 17 with N.C. 130 one mile south of Smith Avenue. Photo taken 12/31/17.
N.C. 130 overlaps with U.S. 17 Business (Main Street) for 1.09 miles, then turns northwest across the Shallotte River, 0.96 miles to U.S. 17. Photo taken 12/31/17.
The Brunswick County Visitor Center and rest area lies within the southeast quadrant of the exchange joining U.S. 17 and N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road). Photo taken 12/31/17.
Traffic headed south into Shallotte or north to Whiteville via N.C. 130 loops away from U.S. 17 southbound. The state route totals 103 miles from Holden Beach to Maxton. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Advancing west, U.S. 17 Business (Main Street) returns to U.S. 17 at Old Shallotte Road. The bannered route was created in August 1992 when U.S. 17 was rerouted around Shallotte.1 Photo taken 12/31/17.
Reassurance marker posted west of U.S. 17 Business and south of Russtown along U.S. 17 southbound. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Ocean Isle Beach Road (SR 1184) stems south from U.S. 17 to N.C. 179 and N.C. 904 at Odell Williamson Municipal Airport (60J). N.C. 904 (Causeway Drive) spans the Intracoastal Waterway south from a roundabout with SR 1184 and N.C. 179 to the barrier island town of Ocean Isle Beach. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Union School Road north links U.S. 17 with parallel Old Shallotte Road. Photo taken 12/31/17.
N.C. 904 dog legs west from Ocean Isle Beach along side N.C. 179 to eastern reaches of Sunset Beach. N.C. 179 continues west along Old Georgetown Road to Calabash while N.C. 904 follows Seaside Road north to the Ocean Ridge Plantation golf course development and U.S. 17 at Grissettown. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Leading away from U.S. 17 and Grissettown, N.C. 904 initially travels north to the community of Longwood before turning west across the Waccamaw River and its adjacent wetlands. The rural highway reaches Taber City in 28 miles. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Seven miles of U.S. 17 remain in North Carolina west of N.C. 904 (Longwood Road). Photo taken 12/31/17.
Thomasboro Road weaves southward through suburban areas on the outskirts of Carolina Shores and Calabash to N.C. 179 (Beach Drive). Pea Landing Road ties into the U.S. 17 intersection with Thomasboro Road from the north. Photo taken 12/31/17.
U.S. 17 veers southward at Hickman Road and the Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort development toward the town of Carolina Shores and the state line. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Superstreet construction in 2017 converted the intersections along U.S. 17 with Shingletree Road north and Persimmon Road south to use J-turns. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Persimmon Road stems southeast from U.S. 17 through Carolina Shores to N.C. 179 at Calabash. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Reassurance marker posted after Persimmon Road. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Calabash Road south and Country Club Drive north come together at the last traffic light in North Carolina. U.S. 17 runs along the Carolina Shores town line from this point southwest by the Carolina Shores Gulf & Country Club community. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Myrtle Beach lies another 25 miles to the southwest, followed by Charleston, South Carolina in another 100 miles. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Crossing into Horry County, South Carolina along U.S. 17 southbound. Photo taken 12/31/17.

  1. NCRoads.com: U.S. 17 Business.
  2. NCRoads.com: N.C. 906.
  3. "Making the Move: Brunswick County’s New Hospital." Brunswick County Life, North Brunswick, January 27, 2016.

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06/01/05, 12/31/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 09-12-2018.