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Road

Walworth County and its highways systems are centrally located with easy driving distances to Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis, making it centrally located and ideal for nearly any distribution needs.  The county conveniently connects to both the Interstate 94 and I-90 freeway systems.  The Chicago-Milwaukee segment of Interstate 94 runs parallel to Walworth County’s eastern boundary, which connects directly to the county via Wisconsin State Highways 50, 11, and 20.  The Milwaukee-Madison segment of I-94 runs parallel to the county’s northern border.  Interstate 90 runs parallel to Walworth County’s western boundary, from Madison to Rockford, and approximately parallel to the county’s southern boundary, from Rockford to Chicago.

Interstate 43 provides a direct connection between Walworth County and Milwaukee, providing nine freeway interchanges within the county to facilitate commerce.  This highway serves as an ideal means of connection to the port of Milwaukee. U.S. Highway 12 runs through the county as well, including seven freeway interchanges, providing alternate means of transportation directly to Madison.  Transportation is also facilitated by U.S. Highway 14, plus Wisconsin State Highways 11, 20, 36, 50, 59, 67, 83, 89, and 120.  The layout and placement of this highway system makes it an ideal location for a vast number of manufacturing and warehouse distribution needs.

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Air

Walworth County Public and Private Airport Contact Information

Chicago O’Hare Airport

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For the tenth consecutive year, O’Hare International Airport received the 2009 Global Traveler Award for “Best Airport in North America”. O’Hare was recognized by business travelers who participated in a survey conducted between January and August 2009. The Department of Aviation is committed to continually improving and enhancing Chicago’s airports.  O’Hare can be conveniently reached from Walworth County through three different highway systems; I94, I90, or US Highway 12.  Although there are other means of reaching this airport these are the quickest and easiest with an estimated drive time of about an hour and half.

Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport

wceda-image-mitchellMilwaukee General Mitchell Airport is a medium sized hub airport.  This airport has 13 different airlines that have about 252 daily departures/arrivals and have about 90 cities that are served as non-stop destinations.   This airport has ranked the 5th best airport in the nation with first place rankings in things such as ease of connection, safety & security, and customs/baggage.  The airport is located just off I-94 in downtown Milwaukee.  It can be reached most directly from Walworth County by taking I-43.

East Troy Municipal Airport

East Troy Municipal airport is a small airport located in the Village of East Troy.   It houses about 100 small aircraft and has two runways.  One is a turf runway and the other is asphalt. There are a few business services located here including 24 hour fueling, repair, flight instruction, aircraft rental, and the Sky Knights Sport Parachute club.  This airport is located just off I-43.

Burlington Municipal Airport

Burlington Municipal airport is another small airport similar to East Troy’s with two runways a turf runway and an asphalt runway.  This airport is located just outside Walworth County in Racine County to the East.

 

Rail

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Amtrak

Amtrak in the Midwest means not only making connections between eastern and western long-distance trains in Chicago at the center of the national system, but also means frequent daily departures between Chicago and key cities in the five-state area, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. Amtrak’s Hiawatha line connects directly to Mitchell International Airport as well.  This line runs fourteen trains daily from Chicago to Milwaukee.  The Chicago station connects to over 500 destinations across the United states.

50 Massachusetts Av.
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 1-800-872-7245

Canadian National Railroad

For almost 120 years Canadian Pacific Railway has been part of the fabric of Canada and the United States. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) is a Class 1 North American railway providing freight transportation services over a 14,000-mile network in Canada and the U.S. Canadian National Railroad’s high density network serves virtually every major sector and ships commodities like grain, coal, lumber and potash as well as cars, agricultural equipment, home electronics, food and furniture.

935 de La Gauchetière St.
Montreal Quebec, H3B 2M9
Phone: 1-800-361-0198

Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad is an operating subsidiary of Union Pacific Corporation. It is the largest railroad in North America, operating in the

western two-thirds of the United States. The railroad serves 23 states, linking every major West Coast and Gulf Coast port and provides

service to the east through its four major gateways in Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. Additionally, Union Pacific operates key north/south corridors and is the only railroad to serve all six gateways to Mexico. UP also interchanges traffic with the Canadian rail systems.

1400 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68179
Phone: 402-544-5000

Wisconsin & Southern Rail

The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. is a privately owned & managed regional railroad company operating in the southern half of the State of Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Wisconsin and Southern operates over 600 miles of branch and mainline track traversing a total of 20 counties in Wisconsin and Illinois. The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad is Wisconsin’s Third Largest Railroad.

5300 North 33rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Phone: 414-438-8820

Ports

The Port of Milwaukee

wceda-images-port-mkeThe Port of Milwaukee offers an operational flexibility that is unique to the western Great Lakes and the inland waterway system. The terminals are designed for efficient handling of both general and project cargoes, roll on/roll off, containers, dry and liquid bulk and heavy lifts in excess of two hundred tons provide vessel owners and cargo interests with safe, efficient and cost effective cargo handling services. The Port of Milwaukee has sixteen (16) berths for vessels, each capable of handling vessels with a Seaway Maximum draft of 26′ 03″ (8.0 meters), at normal water conditions, with a length of 1,000′ (304.8 meters). Note: The maximum dimensions of a vessel transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway System is LOA 740′ (225.54 meters), Beam 78″ (23.77 meters) and draft of 26′ 03″ (8.0 meters). The Port also has two dedicated barge berths with drafts in excess of 18′ (5.5 meters). Port of Milwaukee personnel are thoroughly trained and experienced transportation and distribution professionals, capable and willing to develop complete handling and transportation packages for Port clients. The Port of Milwaukee Marketing staff is all certified ship brokers.

Location & Market

The Port of Milwaukee is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at Lat. 43* 05′ N, Long 87* 55′ W, about seventy-five miles north of the city of Chicago. The Port is 1,021 nautical miles from Montreal with a transit time by water from Montreal of about 4.5 days. The Port of Milwaukee serves as a regional transportation and distribution center with a primary market including the State of Wisconsin, northern and western Illinois (including the city of Chicago) and eastern Minnesota including the “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Port is also capable of cost effectively reaching Iowa, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana; and the western Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Intermodal Connections

The Port of Milwaukee is served by two Class I railroads, the CP/Soo Line and the Union Pacific Railroad. Both railroads provide direct pier delivery at all Port facilities as well as necessary switching services. Within the Port proper, the Port owns and maintains thirteen and one-half miles of rail track, which connects with the Class I’s main lines at the Port property edge.  Federal Interstate Highway System I-94/794 leads directly into the Port of Milwaukee, assuring delay-free pickup and delivery of commodities by truck. There are exit/entrance ramps direct to Port service roads. Transits to/from the Interstate to major Port terminals take less than five minutes. Highway connections to cities within a 350-mile radius (Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Peoria, Des Moines, Moline, and Indianapolis) are accomplished within a few hours. Public truck scales are available in the Port. The Port of Milwaukee is capable of serving down river areas as far as the U.S. Gulf by Inland River barge. Transits cross lower Lake Michigan to the Illinois River and thence to the Mississippi River at St. Louis to the U.S. Gulf. Transit times by barge to the U.S. Gulf average about 30 days.

General Cargo

wceda-images-general-cargoThe Port provides over 330,000 square feet of covered warehouse space for bulk, steel and general cargoes, including 30,000 square feet (2,800 square meters) of heated space. All facilities are steel frame buildings with brick/aluminum exteriors. All general cargo piers are paved with concrete and asphalt and each is rail served. Total general cargo facility exceeds 20 acres (8.1 hectares), plus additional backup storage as needed.

The Port is well known for its heavy lift capability. Its stiff leg derrick is capable of lifting a total of 440,000 pounds (200,000 kg) at a 52-foot (16 meter) radius. Additional capacity can be provided up to a maximum of about 545,000 pounds (247,200 kg) at a 45′ (13.7 meter) radius. Milwaukee handles a diverse mix of general cargoes including steel, forest products, bagged materials, heavy machinery, farm and construction machinery, and project cargoes.

Dry Bulk

The Port of Milwaukee has devoted over 50 acres (20.24 hectares) to dry bulk storage and handling facilities, including four storage domes totaling 50,000 tons of storage. Much of the ground storage is paved. Additional acreage is available for dry bulk storage. Dry bulk handling services include storage and stock piling, direct transfer truck/rail/barge, vessel loading and unloading, packaging, palletizing and processing. The Port handles a wide variety of dry bulk materials including salt, construction aggregates, coal, fertilizers, cement and grain products.

Liquid Bulk

wceda-images-liquid-bulkThe Port of Milwaukee has about 300,000 barrels of bulk liquid storage capacity with the capability of service by vessel, pipeline, rail and truck. Products handled include: clean petroleum, heavy oils and lubes, asphalt and vegetable oils. There are three independent bulk liquid terminal operators in the Port.

Port of Milwaukee
2323 South Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. 53207
Phone: 414-286-3511