DISCOVER THE R4 ADVANTAGE
Southern Illinois is home to the "R4 Advantage". Through its Roads, Rivers, Rails, and Runways, Southern Illinois is strategically positioned at the crossroads of the Midwest, ideal for businesses seeking to optimize logistics and distribution operations.
Crisscrossing Southern Illinois are three interstate highways, offering easy access to major metropolitan areas at a lower cost. In particular, I-57 serves as a major transportation corridor linking northern cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Des Moines, and Milwaukee to southern cities via I-24, including Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, and farther south to key Gulf of Mexico ports. This connection lends itself for logistics and distribution purposes as evidenced by the stretch of I-57 in Southern Illinois between Mt. Vernon and Marion serving as a route for 15,000 trucks per day and a daily traffic count of 40,000. I-64 also crosses through Southern Illinois, providing an east-west route to Louisville or St. Louis. Southern Illinois is within a two-day trucking distance to 80% of the U.S. population.
Southern Illinois is uniquely situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, making it an ideal hub for transportation of goods through the U.S. waterway system. In fact, 80% of all inland barge traffic in the United States passes through Southern Illinois. The Mississippi and Ohio River’s interconnected network allows for the transportation of goods to and from many different regions in the U.S. and links to key ports that provide access to international trade routes. There are six port districts Southern Illinois providing capital infrastructure for their tenants to utilize the rivers for cost-effective transportation of bulk goods.