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Jefferson County’s business development sites benefit from four modes of transportation that make it an ideal eastern Ohio business location. Firms benefit from Ohio’s business friendly tax climate but also enjoy ease of access to many metro-markets, especially the Pittsburgh metro-area.


Jefferson County is serviced by two limited access four-lane highways: U.S. 22 running east-west into the Pittsburgh market and SR 7 along the river corridor.  Industrial and logistics development has been highlighted by the 1990’s construction of the U.S. 22 bypass system. County businesses now have excellent access to an uninterrupted 4 lane highway system, with Pittsburgh International airport only 23 miles east of the Veterans Memorial bridge/ U.S. 22. Interstate 70 is just six miles from the southern border of Jefferson County, and Interstates 76 and 79 are thirty miles from Steubenville.


The Ohio River runs along the eastern length of Jefferson County and offers cost-effective means of transporting high-volume product.  The Ohio River dock system provides a consistent river depth suitable for large vessel river traffic.  Ports are available in Steubenville, Mingo Junction, Rayland, and Tiltonsville. The Wellsville Intermodal Facility is located just north of the county line.


Jefferson County provides high quality rail service along the river corridor. Norfolk Southern (http://nscorp.com) and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (wlerwy.com) serve all three former steel mill sites, resulting in over 500 acres of dual rail industrial sites with river barge service.


Jefferson County is home to an award-winning airport that has an attractive terminal with several amenities and a new hangar that can accommodate corporate jets.  A combination of state and Federal grants extended the runway to 5000 ft in 2012, making it one of the only Eastern-Ohio runways that can accommodate mid-sized jets.

Planes departing from Jefferson County Airpark
Rail Access Map for Jefferson County, Ohio
Rail Access Map for Jefferson County, Ohio