Jefferson County's strength is a product of its central location versus national markets and the nation's transportation system. Almost on-third of the nation's top fifty metropolitan areas are within 500 miles of Jefferson County

Jefferson County is located in the heart of Southern Illinois at the junction of Interstates 57 and 64, now with two exits, and is one hour east of St. Louis, MO and one hour west of Evansville, IN. It is ninety minutes north of Paducah, KY and two hours south of Champaign, IL.


The Mt. Vernon Airport has a 6500 foot main runway, fixed base operation, terminal building, and storage hangers. Charter and private aviation services are provided, as well as refueling. The facility offers Shell 100 and Jet A fuels and pilot lounge with weight and exercise room, shower and snooze rooms, wireless internet in the airport terminal, complimentary refreshments, courtesy shuttle, as well as overnight hangar reservations. Contact: Chris Collins, Manager (618) 242-7016

Commercial Air Service within one hour: Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, MO Mid America Airport Williamson County Airport

Mid-America Airport, a cargo airport approximately 45 minutes from Mt. Vernon, located in Mascoutah, Illinois along Interstate 64


Route Access Direction
Interstate 57 Local North/South
Interstate 64 Local East/West
Interstate 70 65 miles North via I-57 East/West
Interstate 24 51 miles South via I-57 North/South
State Route 37 Local North/South
State Route 15 Local East/West
State Route 148 Local North/South
State Route 142 Local Northwest/Southwest

General Commodity Carrier

Carrier Phone Web Site
UPS Freight (618) 244-5767
Fed Ex Freight (618) 244-9736
Roadway Express (800) 362-3260
Speedee Delivery Service (618) 242-0170


Mt. Vernon sits at the unique junction of three Class 1 Railroads, the UP, CSX and NS. This gives companies to opportunity to move their materials and goods east and west from one location.

Rail Contact Phone Web Site
Evansville Western/CSX Greg Phelps (270) 444-4414
Norfolk Southern Jacob Weir (314) 679-1880
Union Pacific Wayne Borg (630) 573-6435
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (618) 242-0410 (800) 964-9386

Jefferson County is located 45 minutes from East St. Louis, IL the nation’s number two rail hub. Passenger services are available within 30 miles through AmTrak.

Motor Freight

Trucking companies include UPS Freight, FedEx Freight, Overnite Transportation Co., and Direct Motor Freight.


Inland port facilities are available within 1 1/2 hours of Jefferson County on both the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers.

Other Transportation

  • Car Rentals
  • Enterprise Rental
  • Taxi Services
  • Three Independent Companies
  • Buses Greyhound Bus Lines (Commercial)
  • South Central Transit (Public)

Highway Travel Distance to Other Cities:

City Distance/Miles
Chicago, IL 274
Bloomington, IL 200
Peoria, IL 210
Evansville, IN 90
Kansas City, MO 340
St. Louis, MO 75
Lexington, KY 280
Memphis, TN 230