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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

Sterling and Rock Falls are located along the 299-mile Rock River in picturesque northwestern Illinois. Sterling is approximately 100 miles west of Chicago, 55 miles southwest of Rockford, 55 miles northeast of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities and 70 miles north of Peoria. The area is also approximately 35 miles east of the Mississippi River, which forms the western border of Whiteside County.

Sterling and Rock Falls provide powerful cost and operational advantages for agriculture and industry. Direct access to rail, highway, airport, intermodal infrastructure and other locations, utilities, and employment help make these cities ideal for businesses. Another advantage is the easy access to major metropolitan centers such as the Quad Cities, Peoria, Rockford and Chicago, which make for easy day trips for Sauk Valley area residents.

The area is a prime location with access to major highways and interstates, including the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. Sterling and Rock Falls also have access to local, regional and international airports. The Quad Cities Municipal Airport in Moline and Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare International Airports are the primary airports with major air carriers servicing the area. Chicago, Rockford and General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airports support regional carriers. The Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls remains an important transportation hub as private and charter flights continue to frequent the facility.

Both Sterling and Rock Falls are home to freight line terminals for commercial and transport – making the Sauk Valley area a great location for business. Visitors to the area also have access to local taxi and limousine services as well.

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