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South Carolina Highway 174 (SC 174) is a 25 34-mile (41.4 km) state highway, connecting Edisto Island with the mainland of South Carolina. The highway was designated a South Carolina scenic byway in 1988. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation declared that a 17-mile (27 km) stretch of SC 174 on Edisto Island would be designated as a National Scenic Byway.[2]

South Carolina Highway 174 marker

South Carolina Highway 174
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length25.73 mi[1] (41.41 km)
Existed1960s–present
Tourist
routes
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South endDocksite Road in Edisto Beach
North end US 17 in Osborn
Location
CountiesCharleston, Colleton
Highway system
SC 173US 176

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Route descriptionEdit

SC 174 travels generally in a south–north direction. Beginning at an intersection with U.S. Highway 17 (US 17) approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of Charleston, SC 174 crosses over the CSX Railway and passes through the rural community of Adams Run. After passing the intersection of White Point Rd, the route's National Scenic Byway designation begins as it crosses expansive marshes and over the North Edisto River onto Edisto Island.

Once upon Edisto, SC 174 travels in a meandering direction under an ancient live oak canopy and past small homes, prayer chapels, churches, and country stores. SC 174 serves as the primary spine road for the island, with smaller country roads and lanes intersecting the route, leading to more distant areas of the island. Upon reaching the Edisto Beach town limits, the road enters into Colleton County and crosses over another marsh area before sharply turning to the southwest and paralleling the Atlantic shore. For most of the route, SC 174 is a two lane road, although it is a four lane configuration in Edisto Beach.

HistoryEdit

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
ColletonEdisto Beach0.000.00Docksite Road
Charleston22.0635.50  SC 164 east / Willtown Road – Hollywood, Charleston, ACE Basin NWAWestern terminus of SC 164
Adams Run23.1337.22  SC 162 east – HollywoodWestern terminus of SC 162
Osborn25.7341.41  US 17 (Savannah Highway) – Jacksonboro, Charleston
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statewide Highways (shapefile)" (zip). South Carolina Department of Transportation. September 29, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bluffton Today: Edisto Island's S.C. 174 named a National Scenic Byway". October 17, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2012.[dead link]

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