The southern terminus of SR-17 and US-45 is at their junction with U.S. Highway 98 and unsigned State Route 42 in Mobile. US-45 and SR-17 assume a northwestwardly trajectory as they leave Mobile heading towards the Mississippi state line. Approximately five miles north of an interchange with Interstate 65 northwest of downtown Mobile, the routes quickly enter rural areas of Mobile County via a two-lane highway. Near the small community of Deer Park in southern Washington County, SR-17 diverts from US-45 and becomes a signed route.
After the split from US-45, SR-17 assumes a general northerly orientation as it passes through rural areas and small towns in western Alabama. The route passes through the Black Belt, historically one of the poorer areas of the state. After leaving Mobile, the route does not pass through any towns whose population exceeds 5,000 until it approaches Hamilton in Marion County. At Hamilton, SR-17 once again becomes an unsigned route upon the second junction it has with U.S. Highway 43; US-45 and SR-17 are the southern terminus of US-43 in Mobile.
Between Hamilton and Muscle Shoals, SR-17 is a signed route. At Muscle Shoals, US-43, SR-17 and SR-13 junction with U.S. Highway 72 and several other state routes. At this point, SR-17 once again becomes a signed route as it leads through Muscle Shoals and Florence as it heads towards its northern terminus at the Tennessee state line, where it becomes Tennessee State Route 13.
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