Infrastructure in Mississippi

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Halfway to everywhere

At the center of the east and west coasts, Mississippi provides an ideal location for businesses seeking access to major U.S. markets. No matter your destination, Mississippi has a route to get you there, whether it’s the state’s congestion-free highways, robust rail transport, reliable air travel or expansive network of rivers and coastline.

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Success Flows Through Mississippi
publicly and privately owned airports
interstate highways covering 698 miles
miles of fiber optics in place
800 miles
of commercially navigable waterways including the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Highways
  • Airports
  • Rail
  • Ports

From A to Z and everything in between

Hundreds of miles of roadway create an optimal system for transferring goods

Mississippi’s six interstate highways cover just shy of 700 miles, intermingling with 14 U.S. highways and making commerce a breeze. In fact, our highway network was ranked 8th best in the nation for performance and cost-effectiveness. The state’s transportation keeps getting stronger, too — with 11 contracts awarded in March 2021 by the Mississippi Transportation Commission, the largest of which will update a stretch of U.S. 49 leading from the Gulf of Mexico into Alabama.

Two International airports. One world of convenience.

Air travel doesn’t have to be so difficult, and Mississippi has the infrastructure to prove it

Whether you require a dedicated air carrier or a reliable way to bring in out-of-state customers for a business meeting, Mississippi has it. With 80 publicly and privately owned airports — 53 attended and seven with scheduled air carrier service — you can kick back and relax knowing your business has the logistical support it needs. The state offers three international airports, including Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Stennis International Airport.

A coast-to-coast rail network

Built for efficiency, Mississippi’s railroads bring the global market to your doorstep

The 1998 merger between the Canadian Central and Illinois Central railroads pulled states like Illinois, Kentucky and Nebraska to Mississippi like a needle in a patchwork quilt. The state now offers more than 2,500 miles of track composed of 30 rail systems. Transportation providers like CSX and Kansas City Southern are here to keep your cargo moving, whether it’s with carload, flatcar or minibridge support.

Business flows through the heart of America

Mississippi is home to one of the most comprehensive networks of ports and waterways in America

With three waterways including the Mississippi River to the west, the Tennessee-Tombigbee to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Mississippi offers nearly 800 miles of intercoastal and deep-sea waterway transport. The state-owned Port of Gulfport is the second largest importer of green fruit in the U.S. The Port of Pascagoula provides public and private terminals for general cargo and freezer warehouses and is consistently ranked as a top-20 port in the nation for foreign cargo volume. Both ports offer rail service.

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