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Transportation

The slogan of Mount Pleasant radio station KILJ says it best: “Broadcasting from the CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD!”

With two new four-lane highways, U.S. Highway 34 and U.S. Highway 218/27, intersecting in Mount Pleasant, the community is less than a day’s drive from the Midwest’s largest markets – Chicago, Saint Louis, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Indianapolis, Omaha, Kansas City and Des Moines. In fact, the latter highway’s nickname, The Avenue of the Saints, was coined by a Mount Pleasant entrepreneur and community leader who recognized the logistical advantages of a highway linking Saint Louis, MO, to Saint Paul, MN.

Henry County is easily accessed by both passenger and rail freight. An Amtrak train passes through Mount Pleasant’s historic station twice daily on its way between Chicago and San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Norfolk Southern railways help local manufacturers keep both inbound and outbound freight costs low. They are assisted in this effort by local shortline operator Burlington Junction Railway, which provides a variety of shipping and transload services.

Of course, rail is not the only way to deliver goods. More than 70 local and national motor freight carriers serve Henry County, offering full truck, less-than-truckload (LTL) and small-package shipping.

And if you hear the buzz of an airplane engine, chances are it took off from the 4,001-foot-long, hard-surface runway at Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport. The runway accommodates up to medium-sized aircraft. A grass runway is also available. Aviators can take advantage of year-round access, fuel services, hangar facilities and maintenance services, along with executive charter offerings and professional flight instruction. Larger aircraft are supported at the Burlington Regional/Southeast Iowa Regional Airport. Just 20 miles east of Mount Pleasant, the airport offers commercial airline service through Air Choice One, which provides daily flights to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

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