Served by an efficient surface transportation network, St. Francois County offers an excellent location to serve the distribution needs of business. Four-lane divided U.S. highway 67 runs north-south through the County and intersects with Interstate-55 twenty-seven miles north of the central County area.
Missouri Highways 47, 32 and 8 provide east-west access through the County. Highway 32 has recently been widened and shoulders constructed from the City of Farmington to the City of Ste. Genevieve and also provides good access from the Farmington area to Interstate-55 twenty-two miles to the east.
Freight movements are becoming increasingly national and global in scope, as many domestic companies are managing worldwide production and distribution systems, often locating their production facilities in areas around the world where goods can be produced more economically. There is also increased demand for on-time delivery of products to eliminate warehousing costs. From a transportation standpoint, these trends make a location in St. Francois County even more advantageous.
Portions of 20 states, with a combined population in excess of 107 million people, are located within a 500-mile radius of the County. The states in this market area include 43% of all U.S. retail sales and 47% of all U.S. manufacturing establishments. Retail sales in this market area exceed $1.5 trillion. Listed below are the mileage and estimated driving times to a number of major metropolitan areas from St. Francois County.
Estimated Driving Time from St. Francois County to:
|Columbus, OH||493 mi.||8½ hrs.||Atlanta, GA||590 mi.||10½ hrs.|
|Memphis, TN||285 mi.||5 hrs.||Houston, TX||712 mi.||15½ hrs.|
|Detroit, MI||625 mi.||10½ hrs.||Dallas, TX||591 mi.||11½ hrs.|
|Los Angeles, CA||1,876 mi.||31 hrs.||New Orleans, LA||705 mi.||12 hrs.|
|San Francisco, CA||2,113 mi.||35 hrs.||Cleveland, OH||634 mi.||10½ hrs.|
|Chicago, IL||368 mi.||6½ hrs.||Indianapolis, IN||316 mi.||5½ hrs.|
|Kansas City, MO||310 mi.||5½ hrs.||Minneapolis, MN||694 mi.||11½ hrs.|
|Denver, CO||913 mi.||15 hrs.||Milwaukee, WI||446 mi.||7½ hrs.|
|Pittsburgh, PA||682 mi.||11½ hrs.||Nashville, TN||345 mi.||6½ hrs.|
|New York, NY||1,031 mi.||17 hrs.||St. Louis, MO||80 mi.||1½ hrs.|
Motor Freight Carriers
St. Francois County is served by a number of motor freight trucking companies which can deliver anywhere in the United States. Listed below are the names and telephone numbers of a number of providers.
- Yellow Freight System, Inc. (800) 610-6500
- ABF Freight System, Inc. (800) 566-7418
- Tidwell Express, Inc. (573) 783-6452
- Southway Motor Express (573) 756-2627
- G & L Freight Line (573) 756-3090
- B & L Trucking (573) 518-0575
St. Francois County is served by the Union Pacific Railroad in both the northern and southern sections and by a Union Pacific line which crosses the County from southwest to northeast with a switching point located in Bismarck. The Union Pacific Railroad also provides access to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad in Ste. Genevieve County
Shipping by barge often offers the most economic and efficient means of shipping bulk products. Currently the nearest public port on the Mississippi River is Bussen Public Dock located in south St. Louis County, approximately 52 miles from central St. Francois County. The New Bourbon Regional Port Authority is in the process of developing a new public terminal on the Mississippi River which will be located approximately 35 miles from central St. Francois County.
St. Francois County is served by two public use airports. Farmington Regional Airport is owned and managed by the City of Farmington. The facility is equipped with a 4,222' long by 75' wide lighted concrete runway. Available services include fuel, repairs, charter flights, flight instruction and aircraft rental. There are currently 31 aircraft based at the facility. The Bismarck Memorial Airport, which is owned by the City of Bismarck, has a 2,050' long X 50'wide lighted asphalt runway. Available services include fuel, minor repairs and flight instruction.
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, located 71 miles southeast of central St. Francois County, has two lighted concrete runways, 3,996' long X 100' wide and 6,499' long X 150' wide respectively. The facility also has an air traffic control tower and an Instrument Landing System and is the only airport in the Region that provides commercial service. Domestic and international air service is available at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis.