Transportation & Shipping
With its centralized location, Siouxland cities have
access to excellent air, rail, highway, Interstate,
water and pipeline transportation networks.
No major U.S. city is more than four hours away
from the Siouxland area. Unlike single state locations, the tri-state location provides extraordinary options, choices and ease of accessibility to economical transportation, linking the region to Midwest, U.S. and world destinations.
Current Siouxland Highway Projects
Interstate 29 – The goal of the I-29 improvement project is to enhance the safety and operation of Interstate 29 through Sioux City. The project corridor is divided into three segments. To find out more about the project including video animation of each segment, click here.
U.S. Highway 20 – One of the very first coast-to-coast highways in the United States, starts in downtown Boston and travels through Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. With just 46 miles of the four-lane project left to be completed in Iowa, statewide four-lane U.S. Highway 20 will provide relief for overcrowded Interstate 80. For more information regarding the U.S. Highway 20 project, click here.
Nebraska Highway 35 – The Nebraska Highway 35 Expressway is a 70-mile Planned Project for the Nebraska Expressway System. This diagonal four-lane segment would connect the confluence of four-lane highways coming from the northeast into Sioux City, Iowa with Norfolk, Nebraska and the four-lane Highway 81 Expressway to Interstate 80.
Barge on Missouri River
Big Soo Terminal is one of the largest diversified terminals on the inland waterway system. The facility can service all types of products by barge, rail or truck. Dry bulk storage buildings hold over 115,000 tons, liquid product storage for 6,000,000 gallons, palletized packaged goods storage for thousands of pallets, 200,000 bushel elevator for grain and unlimited ground storage are available. Handling stations have secondary containment systems and are geared to move up to 250 tons per hour.
Big Soo will direct transfer any type product to and/or from barge, rail or truck. Some of the products transferred are: dry bulk and liquid fertilizer, salt, grain, steel products, lumber, paper, iron ore, feed stuffs and railroad track equipment.
Sioux City, long a Midwest hub for north-south railroad traffic with connections west, has greatly benefited from the merger of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads. Sioux City is now able to offer shipment anywhere throughout the Midwest south to the Gulf, throughout the southwest to the ports of San Diego and Los Angeles, and to the northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. Combining this with the rail access of the Chicago Northwestern to Chicago and points east and the routes of the Union Pacific puts Sioux City in an excellent position as an important rail freight hub in the United States.
The following railroads operate in Siouxland:
- Union Pacific Railroad: 712-255-1231
- Canadian Northern/Illinois Central Railroad
- Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field
Sioux Gateway Airport, located on Interstate 29 at exit #141, just seven miles south of Sioux City, boasts a precision instrument primary runway that is 9,002 feet in length, the longest runway in the state of Iowa! There is also a crosswind runway that is 6,600 feet in length. The airport also has an FAA Control Tower that is staffed from 6 AM to 12 midnight. Other amenities include two passenger-loading bridges to accommodate enplaning and deplaning passengers as well as a Business Service Center inside the terminal. The Business Service Center contains workstations with four feet of workspace, electrical outlets, telephones, and modems. The Siouxland community places a high priority on the improvement of the overall quality of air service for airline passengers, commerce, as well as for corporate and general aviation.
The trucking industry provides a viable transportation link north, south, east and west throughout the Siouxland area. Interstate 29 provides an intricate north/south transportation route from Mexico to Canada, running directly through the Siouxland community. East and west routes are served through the U.S. Highway 20 link that connects Chicago and Denver, through Siouxland. Travel to Minneapolis is easily facilitated by using U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 60, connecting with Interstate 90 and 35.