Transportation Access

Interstates & Highways

Interstate is a definite economic strength for all types of industry. The region lies within a triangle of interstates – I-95, I-40, and I-73/74, providing excellent access across the entire half of the United States. North Carolina is currently investing billions of dollars to keep its excellent highway system modern.


Wilmington Port

The Port at Wilmington is an international deepwater port that provides container and bulk shipping to/from most world markets. Key ocean carriers include: Far East: Yang Ming, “K” Line America, Cosco Container Lines, Hanjin Shipping Co., United Arad Shipping; Central America: Maersk Line; Trans Atlantic Services: Independent Container Line; Middle East Services: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia. The port maintains cutting-edge services customized to meet supply chain and logistics needs.


Railroads include: CSX, Norfolk-Southern, Aberdeen & Rockfish, Carolina-Southern, Laurinburg & Southern, and Clinton Terminal Railroad. The region has many excellent rail served industrial sites.

 Air Service

Wilmington and Fayetteville offer full, regional air service, including connections via Delta, US Airways, United Airlines and American Eagle. Wilmington has direct flights to New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Charlotte. Fayetteville offers non-stop flights to Charlotte, Dallas and Washington, DC. Raleigh-Durham Airport, a full-service international airport, is within a 1-2 hour drive from the region.

 Current Major Transportation Improvement Projects

 1)    I-73/74 Extension

2)    I-140 - Wilmington

3)    I-295 – Fayetteville

4)    CSX National Gateway Strategy – rail improvement project from Wilmington to Charlotte

5)    Port of Wilmington – feasibility Study on harbor improvements

6)    Port of Wilmington – NCDOT is conducting a study on NC ports for global competition strategy