TRANSPORTATION GRID MAKES IT THE PLACE TO MOVE THE GOODS
Look at the city of Texarkana on a map, and you’ll see a web of roadways surrounding the area, with Texarkana as the epicenter. Interstate 30 and the completed leg of 1-49 trace bold lines across the landscape, offering major routes for trucking and travel. In addition, U.S. Highways 59, 67, 71 and 82 supplement what has become one of the major distribution hubs in the Southeast.
Site Consultants say that the presence of two Class I railroads, Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern, is also a unique asset. Texarkana is approximately a five hour drive from several large markets, including Houston, Austin, Memphis and Dallas. As many as 25 trucking companies operate in the region. The largest freight hauler is Southern Refrigerated Transport, whose headquarters is located along I-30. The facility, built in 2006, takes advantage of Texarkana’s unique location and was designed to support an l, 000-truck operation. The traffic count on I-30 is between 60,000 and 70,000 cars a day
Though Texarkana is located within arm’s reach of six states – the two obvious ones, Texas and Arkansas, plus Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi and even Tennessee – Site Selectors and Developers still describes the area as “small-town America and stresses the importance of people, not just companies, being able to reach goods and services, such as hospitals. Transportation for a rural area is the lifeblood of the economy.”