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Location and Transportation

The Clinton area is strategically located in the center of North America, along the Mississippi River, 120 miles west of Chicago and within a 500-mile radius of other major population/business centers including Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, Omaha and Kansas City. A well-developed transportation network, utilizing interstates/highways, rail, air and waterways, provides the region with an unparalleled logistical advantage.


U.S. Highways 30 and 67 intersect and run directly through the City of Clinton, Iowa. These highways and nearby U.S. 61 provide direct access for the region to Interstates 74, 80 and 88. In addition, there are numerous state highways that offer local access for both trucks and passenger vehicles.

Two historic routes, The Great River Road (U.S. Hwy. 67) and the Lincoln Highway (U.S. Hwy. 30) pass through the region. The Great River Road provides river enthusiasts with 326 miles of dramatic vistas of the Mississippi River during all seasons. The Clinton area has great stopping points along “Old Man River”, offering a look into America’s past, present and future. The Lincoln Highway passes through Clinton, Iowa, and Fulton, Illinois.

Within the City of Clinton, the Municipal Transit Authority provides public transportation. Buses are wheelchair accessible and special services for the elderly and handicapped are available. For more information on routes, scheduled hours of operation and fares, call (563) 242-3721.


The region is served by three Class I railroads, a claim few areas in
the country can make. The Union Pacific, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and the Canadian Pacific Railroads connect us to virtually all parts of the continental U.S. New rail-served industrial facilities are under development. When completed, these sites will solidify the region’s ability to handle service to all North American markets and east and west coast ports. Union Pacific has been part of the Clinton community since the early 1990s, when they began the process of merging with the Chicago and North Western Railway. Today, UP employs more than 120 people in Clinton and is a stopping point for more than 200 Union Pacific locomotive conductors and engineers each day. Some 60 trains a day loaded with coal, grain, ethanol, automobiles, consumer goods and other products pass through or stop in Clinton.


With three active barge terminals, the area is also one of the busiest ports for barge traffic on the upper Mississippi River, providing an economic transportation link from the Upper Midwest to the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf of Mexico. There are 11 navigation locks and dams on the river bordering Iowa, with Lock and Dam 13 closest to the Clinton area.


The Quad City International Airport offers Clinton area travelers, as well as travelers from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, dozens of nonstop flights daily, nonstop flights to 10 cities, plus hundreds of domestic and international connections. Fly American/American Eagle, Allegiant, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines/United Express to: Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Phoenix/Mesa.

Visit for arrivals and departures, flight tracking, directions and more.

The Clinton Municipal Airport boasts the lowest fuel prices in the area and accommodates several hundred aircraft each month, from “crop dusters” to corporate jets. Founded in 1945, the Clinton Municipal Airport has a long tradition of supporting air transportation for the residents and businesses of Clinton County. With two paved runways, modern instrument landing systems, jet and avgas sales, hangar space, pilot supplies and a passenger lounge, the Clinton Municipal Airport and its dedicated staff are committed to supporting a variety of business and recreational aviation activities in the Clinton area.

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