"It's All About Location"
Set on the eastern side of the St. Louis metropolitan area, Southwestern Madison County is the hub of an impressive transportation network of highways, railroads, and waterways.
Six Interstate Highways serve Southwestern Madison County. I-270 to the north, I-70 and I-55 to the south, four miles to the south is I-44 and I-64 is five miles south.
I-255 is east of the Tri-Cities Area. Four State Highways-3, 162, 111, and 203-crisscross the Southwestern Madison County Area, linking it with U.S. 40 and with neighboring communities all forming an integral part of the east-west and north-south national interstate road network, which converges in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Southwestern Madison County travelers have easy access to the numerous airlines serving Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, only 14 miles west. Charter flights are available at St. Louis Regional Airport in nearby Bethalto and at St. Louis Downtown, nine miles away, while Mid-America airport in nearby Mascoutah is quickly becoming a major cargo hub for the mid-west.
Southwestern Illinois, as part of the bi-state St. Louis region, is the second largest rail center in the United States. The region handles approximately 10,000 rail cars per day and contains more than 30 rail yard facilities. The region is served by nine trunk-line railroads, Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern, Illinois Central, Chicago and Northwestern, Terminal Railroad of St. Louis, Southern Pacific Chicago, St. Louis & Gateway Western, Conrail and Union Pacific with more than 40 rail lines radiating to all parts of North America. Connections are provided by three switching and transfer railroads.
The U.S. Inland Waterways System connects Southwestern Illinois with industrial centers in 15 states located along the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee Rivers and with the Great Lakes of Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. As the most northern ice-free port on the Mississippi River system, the St. Louis region can provide 12-month downriver shipping services.