A Great Place for Coming & Going
Lawrence County is located at the southernmost part of Ohio. It also has direct access to the Ohio River. This strategic location puts Lawrence County in a position to access major markets throughout the nation. As Ohio’s southernmost county, it adjoins both Kentucky and West Virginia. The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Lawrence County, Ohio; Cabell and Wayne counties, West Virginia; and Boyd, Greenup and Carter counties in Kentucky; and has a population of almost 330,000.
The Ohio River is a valuable form of transportation and commerce. The largest inland port in the nation is located here. Smaller docks, numerous manufacturing facilities and terminals are located along the river. The Ohio River, via barge, carries mostly coal as well as other commodities such as aggregates, petroleum, iron, steel and chemicals.
Lawrence County is 600 miles or a day’s drive from 60 percent of the U.S. population, 80 percent of the U.S. corporate headquarters and 61 percent of U.S. manufacturing capacity. Lawrence County benefits due to an excellent highway system, the fourth largest of any state. While U.S. 23 and State Routes 7, 93, 141, 378, 650, and 775 provide additional north-south transportation connections; U.S. Route 52, State Route 217, and State Route 243 cross Lawrence County east and west. Interstate Highway 64 in West Virginia parallels Lawrence County and is minutes away from U.S. 52 in Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is involved with significant road improvements and has invested more than $380 million into the southeastern Ohio roadway system.
Both the Norfolk & Southern and the CSX railroads provide major nationwide rail links. Commercial air services are located in Huntington, West Virginia, and private air facilities dot the area, such as Lawrence County Airpark in Chesapeake, Ohio.
Currently, motor freight consists of 12 trucking companies.