U.S. Route 17 in Georgia
runs north-south near the Atlantic Ocean
, serving Brunswick
on its path from Florida
at the St. Marys River
to South Carolina
at the Savannah River
. Except for part of the route in Savannah, which runs along State Route 404
) and State Route 404 Spur
to the Talmadge Memorial Bridge
into South Carolina, US 17 is also State Route 25
. SR 25 uses an older western alignment of US 17 into South Carolina.
In the early 1920s, SR 25 initially ran only from Sterling
south to Brunswick
and north into Savannah
and South Carolina
; State Route 27
continued south from Sterling (initially along present State Route 99
and Haynor Road north of Waverly
) into Florida. US 17 was designated along the route in 1926, and by 1930 the whole route was SR 25.
The Talmadge Memorial Bridge opened in 1953, carrying State Route 25 Alternate and U.S. Route 17 Alternate over the Savannah River into South Carolina. In 1994, US 17 Alternate was eliminated, and US 17 was rerouted over it.