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State of Missouri, Department of Economic Development

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)

 

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When you are in the Meramec Region, you are at the center of everywhere, and there are plenty of transportation resources to get you wherever you want to go.

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Interstate 44 runs through the heart of the region, making receipt and delivery of products and materials a cinch. Rolla is about the midpoint in I-44’s St. Louis to Springfield stretch. Supporting Interstate 44 is U.S. 63, running north and south, and U.S. 50, running east and west along the region’s northern reaches. Further supporting this system are several connector roads, such as Highways 72, 28, 68, 19 and 8. An abundance of truck lines are located in the region to make sure your products reach their destination.

Airways are also an option in the Meramec Region. The Waynesville Regional Airport at Forney Field in Pulaski County is located on the Fort Leonard Wood military base, yet is accessible to the public. The airport is the only one in the region featuring an air traffic control tower. Mile-long runways can be found at Rolla National Airport, located at Vichy and owned by the city of Rolla. A former World War II training base, this airport sits on 1,300 acres of prairie and is bordered by three highways, making it a prime industrial site. Both the Rolla National Airport and the Sullivan Airport are defined as B-2 airports and are used primarily by airplanes with approach speeds up to 120 knots and wingspans up to 79 feet.

The region also has five other publicly owned airports – Washington County, Salem, Cuba, Hermann and Linn. These airports serve planes with approach speeds up to 120 knots and wingspans up to 49 feet. Six privately owned airports can also be found in the region.

If your business demands rail service, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific run rails across the Meramec Region. Burlington Northern Santa Fe operates the most miles of track in the region and generally follows Interstate 44 through Crawford, Phelps and Pulaski counties. A new company, Missouri Central Railways, has purchased the former Rock Island line and plans to revitalize a portion of this line.

The Missouri River also provides opportunities for moving goods. Navigable water transportation is provided in three locations along the Missouri at Hermann, Gasconade and Chamois. For passenger service, Amtrak makes four daily stops in Hermann. Bus service and cab companies also serve the region.

Once the goods and services are delivered, you can take advantage of the more relaxing transportation resources—such as hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and canoeing. There are plenty of country roads, bike trails and meandering rivers and streams to enjoy on your favorite mode of transportation.

And don’t forget to get your kicks on Route 66, the Mother Road, which nearly parallels Interstate 44. You can spend a leisurely afternoon on a self-guided tour of Route 66 across Pulaski, Phelps, and Crawford counties where you can see vintage architecture of times past. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to find that perfect piece of Route 66 memorabilia.

If you want to find out more about Missouri’s transportation system, log onto http://www.modot.org.

Publicly Owned Airports in the Meramec Region
OFFICIAL AIRPORT NAME CITY RUNWAY
LENGTH
SURFACE
Cuba Municipal Airport KUBX Cuba 3,420 ft. Asphalt
Hermann Municipal Airport 63M Hermann 3,198 ft. Asphalt
Linn State Technical College 1H3 Linn 3,400 ft. Concrete
Richland Municipal Richland 3,000 ft Asphalt
Rolla Downtown K07 Rolla 3,028 ft. Asphalt
Rolla National Airport KVIH Vichy 5,500 ft. Asphalt
Salem Memorial Airport K33 Salem 2,998 ft. Asphalt
Sullivan Regional Airport KUUV Sullivan 4,500 ft. Asphalt
Washington County Airport 8WC Potosi 4,000 ft. Asphalt
Waynesville Regional Airport TBN Waynesville 6,038 ft. Asphalt
Privately Owned Airports in the Meramec Region
Miller Farm Bay 1,800 ft. Turf
Stickle Cattle Farms Belle 3,000 ft. Turf
Short-N-Ruff Caledonia 1,200 ft. Turf
Eu-Wish Hermann 1,700 ft. Turf
Domeyer Lenox 2,000 ft. Turf
Winter Field Owensville 1,800 ft. Turf
Harrison PVT Rolla 2,750 ft. Turf
Morgan Rolla 2,560 ft. Turf
Green Airfield St. James 2,200 ft. Turf
Taylor Field Waynesville 2,313 ft. Turf
Privately Owned Heliports in the Meramec Region
Hermann Area Hospital Hermann
Owensville Ambulance District Heliport Owensville
Phelps County Regional Medical Center Rolla
Salem Memorial Hospital Salem
Lifeline 2 Airport St. Roberts

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Phone: 573-265-2993 • Fax: 573-265-3550
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