In Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, we offer reliability, affordability and efficiency — giving businesses seamless access to the people and places they need to reach. Companies can depend on a diverse variety of transportation modes that are critical to our thriving economy. From rail service, highway systems to air travel, Lawrence County knows how to connect you.
The largest rail network in the eastern United States, CSXT is the core business unit of CSX Corporation. CSXT provides rail freight transportation over a network of more than 23,000 route miles in 23 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. Their customers represent some of the state's largest industries, specializing in processed foods, phosphates and fertilizers, forest products and manufactured goods.
Norfolk Southern Railway is one of North America's larger Class I railroads and a subsidiary of Norfolk Southern Corp. The railroad operates 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States and connects with other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern also operates an extensive intermodal network and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.
Formed in 1991, the New Castle Industrial Railroad is a switching shortline serving industrial sites in and around New Castle, Pennsylvania. The operation utilizes industrial switching trackage left over from four Class 1 railroads that once served the area. Today, interchange is with CSX, Norfolk Southern, and the Buffalo & Pittsburgh -- a Genessee & Wyoming regional line terminating in New Castle.
The Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR) is a 368-mile regional freight railroad that interchanges with the Allegheny Valley Railroad, Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National, CSX Transportation, Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad, Norfolk Southern, Rochester & Southern Railroad, and Western New York & Pennsylvania Railway. Their customers represent some of the state's largest industries, specializing in processed foods, phosphates and fertilizers, forest products and manufactured goods.
Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) owns or leases 120 freight railroads worldwide that are organized in 11 operating regions with 7,700 employees and more than 2,500 customers. G&W’s nine North American regions serve 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 113 short line and regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.
I-79 is located at Lawrence County’s Eastern Border extending from Interstate 77 in Charleston, West Virginia to Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a primary thoroughfare through western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as an important corridor to Buffalo, New York, and the Canadian border. In West Virginia, Interstate 79 is known as the Jennings Randolph Expressway. In the three most northern counties it is signed as part of the High Tech Corridor. For most of its Pennsylvania stretch, it is known as the Raymond P. Shafer Highway.
Interstate 376 (I-376) runs from I-80 near Sharon south and east through Lawrence County to a junction with the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76, its parent) in Monroeville. The route serves as a major connection to Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas, and is the main access road to the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). It is currently the fifth-longest auxiliary Interstate route in the system, and second only to I-476 within Pennsylvania.
Located at Lawrence County’s northern county border is I-80, a transcontinental limited-access highway that runs from downtown San Francisco, California to New York City. The Interstate runs through many major cities including Toledo, Ohio, Des Moines, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sacramento, California and Oakland, California, and passes within 10 miles of Chicago and New York City.
I-76 is located at Lawrence County’s southern border. The highway runs 435 miles from an interchange with Interstate 71 interchange west of Akron, Ohio, east to Interstate 295 in Bellmawr, New Jersey.
Pittsburgh International Airport (airport code PIT) is located 16 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The airport accommodates over 8 million passengers annually with over 155 non-stop flights per day to 37 destinations including non-stop flights to Europe. The airport terminal consists of two buildings, Landside Terminal and Airside Terminal. Concourses A, B, C and D branch off the Airside Terminal and are centered by the Airmall with shops and restaurants. The Hyatt Regency Hotel is attached to the Landside Terminal. By car, the airport is accessible by I-376, Exit 53. There is also public transportation to downtown through the Port Authority's new West Busway, along with taxis and shuttles.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) serves the City of Cleveland and its surroundings and is northeast Ohio's largest commercial airport. In winter, CLE rarely closes due to inclement weather conditions, in large part due to the efforts of its efficient snow removal team. CLE Airport is about 10 miles southwest of Cleveland - accessible via Interstate Highway 71 south from downtown Cleveland, or north from Ohio Turnpike South communities. Counting an estimated 9 million passengers per annum, and having two parallel runways, Cleveland Hopkins International is served by major airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
Akron Canton Airport (CAK) is serving northeast Ohio. It was recently ranked as one of the fastest-growing airports in the country and the Airport has responded by embarking in 2008 on a 10-year expansion and improvement project, which includes the recent extension of the runway. Akron Airport is also offering one of the cheapest fares in the U.S. CAK Airport is situated between the cities of Akron and Canton, is nearest to Interstate 77, and can be reached indirectly from I-271, I-277 & I-76.
With scheduled flights serving many of America's fun destinations like Orlando, Tampa Bay, Fort Myers, and Myrtle Beach, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has grown to become the gateway of choice for residents of Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and beyond. And when you consider perks such as convenient access, affordable parking and easy boarding, YNG is the perfect starting point for your next trip.
The New Castle Municipal Airport is located on 350 acres in Union Township with access from Routes 224, and 422 and I-376. The mission and scope of the airport is county-wide; our air transportation gateway to Lawrence County. There are 46 T-hangars, 3 conventional hangars, and tie-down areas housing more than 65 aircraft. Annual passenger load for New Castle is 30,188. 75% of general aviation flights are business or transportation related. Economic impact directly to Lawrence County is approximately $1.5 million per year.
The Port of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is located on the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers and is the largest tonnage port in Pennsylvania and the second largest inland port in the United States. It ranks as the 21st largest port in the United States with almost 34 million short tons of river cargo for 2011; the port ranked 9th largest in the U.S. when measured in domestic trade. As the second busiest inland port, it handles more cargo than the ports of Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Norfolk. The Port of Pittsburgh sits at the origin of a 16 thousand kilometer waterway system that serves markets in 24 states. The port is served by two major railroads and four interstate highways.
The Port of Pittsburgh District covers a 12-county area and over 300 kilometers of commercially navigable waterways within the State of Pennsylvania. A system of 17 locks and dams make the waterways navigable. The Port of Pittsburgh supports more than 200 public and private terminals and service suppliers. The Commission is a one-stop shipping link for port customers who need information about the river system and available services.
In 2007, the Port of Pittsburgh handled more than 38 million tons of cargo, including 28 million tons of coal, 5.8 million tons of non-fuel crude materials, 2.2 million tons of primary manufactured goods, 1.2 million tons of petroleum and petroleum products, and 794 thousand tons of chemicals and chemical products. Other cargoes included food and farm products and manufacturing equipment and products.
The Port of Erie is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie in a natural bay formed and sheltered by Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. Erie´s harbor entrance channel is 29 feet deep.
The Port of Erie and O-N Minerals Erie offer cargo shippers on the Great Lakes/Seaway System the finest facilities available. With 85 million people within a 500 mile radius, Port Erie is at the hub of the US and Canadian Industrial Center. O-N Minerals Erie operates two warehouses in the Port of Erie of 4.6 and 3.3 thousand square meters, respectively. The warehouses are equipped with heavy-lift crawler cranes and ample cargo-handling equipment, and the facility also offers over six hectares of lay-down area. The warehouses are served by CSX rail sidings. The wharf offers 442 meters of berthing space equipped for heavy-lift and general cargoes.
Being the State's only port on the Great Lakes, the Port of Erie is a valuable center for commercial and recreational opportunities for customers worldwide. The Port of Erie includes the biggest dry dock and crane on the Great Lakes, a modern full-service shipyard, a Foreign Trade Zone, 1.8 thousand meters of deep-draft docks, 27.9 thousand square meters of warehouse space, and the 32-hectare Keystone Opportunity Zone.
Erie Shipbuilding, LLC, offers a complete ship repair and ship building service at the Port of Erie. The facility covers almost 18 hectares and has 18.6 thousand square meters in three buildings. With six berthing docks, the shipyard's 381 by 40 meter drydock includes 46 meters of covered dock and cranes with capacity for 100 and 20 tons. In addition to offering fabricating capability for ships, this Port of Erie facility can fabricate large units, generators, turbines, and pressure vessels for Great Lakes and overseas shipping containers.
The Columbiana County Port Authority was created in 1977 and is based on a fifty-acre site on the Ohio River in East Liverpool, Ohio. The Port Authority represented a public terminus on the Ohio River that connects to Lake Erie via the “Lake to River Highway” on State Route 11. Ohio’s inland river system provides access to the Gulf of Mexico via both the Mississippi River and the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. The Port of New Orleans, Louisiana serves the Mississippi and the Port of Mobile, Alabama serves the Tenn-Tom. The Cleveland-Pittsburgh corridor is the fourth largest population market in the U.S. and the only major market geographically centered in the middle of five of the U.S.’s major population markets plus those in Canada.