Transportation Assets Serving McMinn County

 

Highways and Interstates

When you are looking for the perfect location to do business, you need to consider how easily it is for freight shipments and deliveries to be completed.

McMinn County offers a strategic location along the North/South Interstate 75. In addition to top rated interstate systems, McMinn County is also connected to many U.S and State Highways. U.S. Highway 11 and U.S. Highway 411 travel through the width of McMinn County providing secondary transportation routes.

Interstates:  
     I-75 Interstate 75 is a major north/south connector that runs through McMinn County connecting to Knoxville and Chattanooga in less than a 60 minute drive and Nashville and Atlanta in 2.5 hour drive.  There are 6 exits and 1 rest area off of I-75 in McMinn County.
     I-40 Interstate 40 is a major east/west connector located within a 30 minute drive of the county's industrial properties.
     I-24 Interstate 24 is an east/west connector located less than a 60 minute drive of the county's industrial properties.
Major Highways:  
     US 11 US Highway 11 is a 4-lane federal highway that runs through McMinn County and connects the community with Knoxville and Chattanooga.
     US 411 US Highway 411 is a 4-lane federal highway that runs through McMinn County and connects the community with Knoxville and Atlanta.
     TN 30 State Highway 30 is a 4-lane highway that runs through McMinn County and connects to the Interstate Industrial Park and North Etowah Industrial Park.
     TN 305 State Highway 305 located in the City of Athens connects to the Mt. Verd Industrial Park and downtown Athens.
     TN 68 State Highway 68 is located in the northern portion of McMinn County and connects to the 75 Regional Commerce Park.

 

 

McMinn County Transportation Map

2019 Average Daily  Traffic Count Map

 


Air Travel

Regional Commercial Airports

 

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is located less than an hour drive of industrial properties in McMinn County.  

 

Chattanooga Airport (CHA) is located less than an hour drive of McMinn County industrial properties. 

 

International Airports

The Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is  located within a 2.5 hour drive of McMinn County.  It is the busiest airport in the world with nonstop flights to 150 domestic destinations.  The airport is an international  gateway with nonstop international flights to 70 destinations in Europe, Asia, the Carribean, Africa, and South and Central America.

Nashville International Airport (BNA) - The Nashville International Airport is located within 2.5 hour drive of McMinn County.  It offers nonstop flights to 75 destinations that includes international destinations of Calgary, London, Mexico, and the Carribean.

 

General Aviation

McMinn County Airport (KMMI) - Runway 6,450 ft / 1,966 m.  75% of travel through the airport is business related.  The airport is used by many industries between Chattanooga and Knoxville because of its convenience and easy access and departure.  The handling and transportation of  freight for local factories are important duties for the airport and its staff.

 


Railroad Accessibility

McMinn County’s railroad availability makes this area the number one spot to do business for companies looking for superior railroad access.

 
CSX is a Class 1 main rail line that runs through McMinn County.  CSX operates a rail yard in the City of Etowah that offers 5 day a week service to our local industries.  The North Etowah Industrial Park properties are  served by CSX.

Norfolk Southern is Class 1 main rail line that runs through McMinn County.  Norfolk Southern serves industrial properties in the cities Calhoun, Riceville, Athens and Niota.

 


Waterways

The Hiwassee River serves as a natural boundary at McMinn County’s southern edge in the City of Calhoun.  The Hiwassee is navigable year-round and flows into the Tennessee River in neighboring Meigs County.  Transport to the Hiwassee River is through the Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga.  The Tennessee River is a part of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway connecting east Tennessee with 21 states, the Mississippi River, and the Great Lakes.  The waterway shortens the shipping trip between Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico by 882 miles, enabling products to arrive at their Gulf destination eight to nine days earlier.

River Ports

The closest river port for cargo shipment via river and rail is Fort Loudoun Terminal. 

Fort Loudoun Terminal
5480 Industrial Park Dr.
Lenoir City, TN 37771
(865) 986-6545

Ocean Ports

Port of Savannah - The largest single container terminal in North America and the closest seaport to McMinn County.  It is located within 395 mi / 636 km of our industrial properties.

Port of Charleston -  Located within 430 mi / 692 km

Port of Mobile - Located within 454 mi / 731 km

Port of Jacksonville - Located within 496 mi / 797 km

Port of New Orleans - Located within 550 mi / 885 km

Port of Virginia - Located within 580 mi / 933 km of our industrial properties


Inland Ports

CSX Appalachian Regional Port - The port is located within a 30 minute drive of McMinn County industrial properties.  Operated by the Georgia Port Authority and CSX, the intermodal facility is a direct link from the Port of Savannah and serves as a gateway to global markets.

Fort Loudoun Terminal River/Rail - The Fort Loudoun Terminal is located within a 30 minute drive of McMinn County and offers barge and rail on-loading and off-loading operations that serve local industries.


Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zone #134
Grantee: Chattanooga Chamber Foundation
811 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402-2626
Steven Hiatt (423) 763-4333
Fax (423) 267-7242

McMinn County is included in Foreign Trade Zone #134. Companies located in McMinn County are offered a cost-benefit-analysis to analyze whether the Foreign Trade Zone will be beneficial for them.

Key Advantages of Foreign Trade Zone:

  • Relief from inverted tariffs
  • Duty exemption on re-exports
  • Duty elimination on waste, scrap, and yield loss
  • Weekly Entry Savings
  • Duty Deferral
McMinn County Economic Development Agency - make it in Mcminn