Transportation

Robust transportation keeps you connected with your world

Putnam County, West Virginia isn’t just conveniently located in the middle of America’s eastern half. Thanks to an expansive transportation infrastructure, it’s amazingly well-connected with every population center and beyond.

Road

Start with a highway network built to leverage the reach of I-64 on its journey from the Virginia tidewater to Louisville and St. Louis and its nearby connections with I-77 and I-79. U.S. 35 connects Putnam County with northern Indiana and the industry-rich region in between, while U.S. 60 provides a high-quality route from the west to the Atlantic. State highways 34, 62, and 817 intersect with these major roads, so shipments get to highway speed more quickly.

Rail

Much of the nation’s early railroad development involved our region and we’re still home to a busy CSX mainline. WATCO’s Kanawha River Railroad has a north-south route connecting Columbus, Ohio to central West Virginia. Local industrial parks and other sites have spurs for companies using rail, and local railroad officials are friendly about adding spurs.

Air

Putnam County is minutes from two convenient commercially served airports. Charleston Yeager Airport’s (KCRW) 6,800-foot runway accommodates large cargo jets. The airport, a Customs Port of Entry, is served by American, Delta, Spirit, and United, with nonstop flights to key Eastern cities. And Huntington Tri-State (KHTS), home to the Tri-State Aeroplex, has a 7,000-foot runway and is West Virginia’s only FedEx Boeing 757 hub, in addition to commercial flights on Allegiant and American. Both airports have large 24-hour jet-capable FBOs for corporate aviation.

River

The Kanawha River, West Virginia’s largest inland waterway, flows through Putnam County on its way to the Ohio River. Local companies take advantage of the navigable river by using barges for shipments of raw materials, heavy equipment, and finished goods. We’re also part of the Port of Huntington-Tri-State, one of the nation’s largest ports. More than 80 million tons of cargo annually moves across the 100 miles of the Ohio River, 90 miles of the Kanawha River, and 9 miles of the Big Sandy River within the port’s jurisdiction.

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