Transportation, Distribution and Logistics supports virtually our entire U.S. economy Lexington County is poised to become a global leader in the transportation, distribution and logistics arena.
We can accomplish this because we have three major interstates that bisect Lexington County: Interstate I -77 runs North and South; Interstates I -20 and I-26 flow East and West. In addition, there are multiple U.S. Highways that criss-cross the county: Highway 378; Highway 321; Highway 76 and Highway 178. It should be noted that all the U.S. Highways intersect with major interstates cited above.
Additionally, the county has two class one railways: CSX and Norfolk Southern. Both of these railways have a significant presence in Lexington County. Amtrak also provides personal rail service and has a depot in nearby Columbia.
Lexington County is serviced by one major airport, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). CAE provides flights through Delta, US Airways and other major airlines with multiple, daily flights to key cities around the United States. The facility is also used by UPS (Regional Air Hub), FedEx, DHL Global Forwarding and includes a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).
A 90-minutes drive by freeway from Lexington County is the Port of Charleston, one of the nation’s busiest container ports. Founded in 1942, the South Carolina Ports Authority owns and operates public marine terminals at two port facilities: The Port of Charleston and the Port of Georgetown. Our state’s seaports are well equipped to handle any type of cargo, whether container, break-bulk, wheeled, overweight, oversized or loose. No matter what you’ve got to move, South Carolina delivers.
With the deepest water in the South Atlantic, Charleston offers a maintained harbor of -45 feet (13.7 meters) of depth at mean low tide throughout the main shipping channel and -47 feet (14.3 meters) in the entrance channel. A five to six foot tidal lift provides even deeper access for several hours during the day. In addition, there are virtually no air draft restrictions in the Port of Charleston. Columbus Street Terminal has no air draft limitations. Vessels access the port’s largest facility, the Wando Welch Terminal, as well as the new terminal under construction at the former Navy Base, by sailing underneath the Ravenel Bridge, which allows for 186 feet (56.7 meters) of vertical clearance at mean high water. Ships sailing to North Charleston Terminal transit underneath the Don Holt Bridge, with 150 feet (45.7 meters) of air draft.
The SCPA promotes, develops and facilitates waterborne commerce to meet the current and future needs of its customers and for the economic benefit of the citizens and businesses of South Carolina. The South Carolina Ports Authority fulfills this mission by delivering cost competitive facilities and services, collaborating with customers and stakeholders and sustaining its financial self-sufficiency.