Infrastructure

Infrastructure

BY RAIL, ROAD, SEA OR AIR, YOU CAN GO FASTER IN NORTH CAROLINA.

“North Carolina was chosen for the location, for the utility and the transportation advantages, and the state contains an exceptional workforce. In addition, we can service our customer base quicker and provide more cost-effective transportation.”

- Gerardo Muraira, Operations Director, Nutec Group

AN UNSURPASSED LOCATION ON THE EAST COAST

North Carolina’s prime location on the eastern seaboard means that almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive. Four international airports, two deep water seaports and a strong rail system further enhance our state’s supply chain advantages. If access is what you need, you can get anywhere from here.

Air
Nation’s fifth-busiest airline hub located in Charlotte

North Carolina is one plane change away from virtually any major city in the world.

Enjoy convenient access to domestic and global markets via four international airports:

  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), the nation’s fifth-busiest hub
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

The state also is home to 11 regional airports and more than 100 general aviation facilities.

Ports
Two deep water seaports along Atlantic shipping lines

The North Carolina coast is home to two deep water seaports:

Port of Morehead City

  • Container and general cargo operations
  • 42-foot channel and berth depth
  • Direct access to I-40, I-74, I-95, U.S. 17 and U.S. 74
  • Served by CSX

Port of Wilmington

  • General cargo and bulk handling facility
  • 45-foot channel, 38- to 42-foot depth
  • Access to I-95 and I-40 via U.S. 70 and U.S. 17
  • Served by Norfolk Southern

In addition, inland terminals in Charlotte and Greensboro sit at the heart of the Southeast’s manufacturing and distribution sites.

Rail
Largest consolidated rail system in the country

North Carolina is home to the largest consolidated rail system in the country. These rail connections extend all the way to the coast, enabling the state ports in Morehead City and Wilmington to offer import and export services to a large market.

Highlights of our rail system include:

  • More than 3,200 miles of track
  • Service to 22 states in the eastern half of the country
  • More than 20 carriers, including Class 1 carriers CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern, as well as several affiliated railroads and many independently owned carriers
Roads
Second-largest state-owned highway system

North Carolina boasts the second-largest state-owned highway system in the nation, comprised of more than 90,000 miles of road. What’s more, the state’s central East Coast location offers easy access to some of the country’s most important transportation corridors.

Major controlled-access arteries include:

  • I-95, the major East Coast interstate linking New England to Florida
  • I-85, running from North Carolina through the manufacturing heart of the Southeast
  • I-40, spanning the country coast-to-coast from North Carolina to California