The sheer volume of logistical distribution infrastructure accessible to Paducah businesses is unparalleled in the region and unique in the nation. Our businesses benefit from a truly multi-modal environment, meaning they can reliably receive and ship goods and products easily by river, rail, interstate and air. The businesses advantages of this infrastructure are unlimited and truly without compare.
Paducah is at the center of waterways linking Pittsburgh, Mobile, the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans, St. Louis and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Only New Orleans, with its ships, tugboats and petrochemical industry, has a bigger inland river presence.
With access to four navigable rivers, Paducah is considered a national hub for river transport. Worthy of such a title, the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority is the only port facility that is located where four major eastern rivers converge in America’s heartland. Located at the confluence of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Ohio River and the Cumberland River, the Port is less than 50 miles from the Mississippi River. A premier facility, it is the only inland port that provides a direct connection from the heartland to both New Orleans and Mobile.
Paducah shares the Ohio River with Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa. and the Tennessee and Cumberland River with major southern markets such as Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tn. and Florence and Huntsville, Ala.
Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority
- Paducah-McCracken County Riverport
- 2,300 feet of Tennessee River frontage
- Located at the confluence of the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers
- Less than 50 miles from the Mississippi River
- Nation’s northernmost ice-free riverport facility
- Major hub for shipment of commodities, barge line repair and operational facilities
- Rail service provided by a short line, the P&L, which connects with two Class I’s, the BNSF and CN
A conveyor system with a 30″ belt can move 500 tons per hour to warehouse or outdoor storage. Dumping facilities are available for incoming unit trains and trucks.
Liquid Cargo Tank Facility
Facilities allow for transferring from barge-to-rail or barge-to-truck
- Construction, Agriculture and Manufacturing:
- Aggregates and Other Building Materials
- Fertilizers – Dry Bulk and Liquid
- Steel – Rolls and Beams
- Ocean-Going Containers
- Veneer Logs and Finished Lumber
- Wood Products and Pulpwood
- Agricultural Feeds, Supplies and Bulk Grains
- Petroleum Products – Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Kerosene, Lube Oil and Solvents
- Palletized Cargo
- Coal and Ores
- Zircon Sand
- Handling, Storage and Bagging
- Multiple mooring facilities can simultaneously handle barges carrying different cargoes.
- Fully equipped for bulk, general and liquid products
- Over 2,300 cumulative feet of river frontage
Barge discharge to truck, barge discharge to conveyor, barge loading by crane, conveyer to barge, truck and rail to storage
With a 25,000 square-foot dockside staging area, the port can handle goods of practically any scale with a crane that can lift up to 53 tons.
Warehouse Capacities at the Port
- Bulk – 14,000-ton capacity
- General Cargo – 70,000 square feet
- Outside Storage: 100,000 tons on 27 acres with room to expand
- Packaging Capabilities: Facilities and equipment for bagging, bundling and repackaging
- Around the clock switching service
- Bulk Cargo: 125-Ton American Crane with 5-yard clam bucket
- General Cargo: 53-Ton Linden Crane
- Liquid Cargo: 2.62 million gallons of cumulative capacity
Businesses that ship primarily by road transportation benefit from Paducah’s access to I-24, the high-traffic corridor that runs between St. Louis, Mi. and Atlanta, Ga. Major markets such as Nashville, Tn., St. Louis, Mi., Atlanta, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tn. are easily accessible by I-24 as are other major interstates that serve to move goods and products around the nation.
Interstate 24 (east-west) runs through the heart of Paducah. I-24 makes up the majority of a high-traffic corridor between St. Louis, Missouri and Atlanta, Ga. and provides Paducah with direct access to Nashville, Tenn. The following are mileages from Paducah along the corridor: Nashville (135 miles), St. Louis (172 miles), Chattanooga (266 miles), Atlanta (381 miles). I-24 provides access to Interstates 40 (east-west), 55 (north-south), 57 (north-south), 64 (east-west), 66 (east-west) and 69 (north-south), within 150 miles from Paducah.
Paducah’s own Barkley Regional Airport offers twice daily flights to Chicago-O’Hare via United Express, providing one-stop connectivity to over 200 destinations worldwide. Barkley is tower controlled 365 days a year and features two runways with lengths of 6,500 feet and 5,500 feet by 150 feet wide that can accommodate aircraft of all sizes up through a Boeing 757.
Barkley is also home to Midwest Aviation, a general aviation company capable of meeting the needs of private aircraft of all types including large corporate jets. In addition to providing fuel service, they are an FAA Certified Repair Station, and authorized Beechcraft and Cessna Service Center, complete with avionics repair. They can provide concierge services including catering, rental car services and also offer aircraft charter services, including air cargo, as well as flight instruction for aspiring pilots.
Paducah residents also frequently fly from Nashville International Airport, two hours away.
Paducah is directly serviced by two Class I railroads, the Canadian National (CN) and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). The Paducah & Louisville (P&L) short line provides low-cost access to two additional Class I railroads, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern (NS). Additionally, the Union Pacific (UP) has trackage rights through Paducah.
The P&L provides freight service between Paducah and Louisville. It interchanges with the BNSF and CN in Paducah, with CSX in Madisonville, Ky. and Louisville, Ky., and with the NS in Louisville.