Chesterfield County is ideally located near 5 major interstate highway systems – I-95, I-77, I-20, I-26, and I-85. In addition, business and industry in the County have access to several major state and U.S. highways connecting the County to major trade routes and Charlotte, NC – one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas.
The major highway trade routes through Chesterfield County are U.S. Highway 1, U.S. Highway 601, and U.S. Highway 52 – all three of which travel north-south.
U.S. 1 connects Chesterfield County to the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area to the north where it connects with Interstate 40 and Interstate 95 and Columbia, SC to the south where it connects with Interstate 20. U.S. 601 connects the County to the Charlotte metro area to the north and Interstate 85 and central South Carolina to the south including Interstate 26. U.S. Highway 52 connects eastern Chesterfield County to Interstate 95 to the south.
South Carolina Highway 151 is also a major north-south route connecting with U.S. 601 in the northern section of the County and running southeast along the western border of the County with connections to U.S. 1 in southern Chesterfield County and I-95 in the Florence-Darlington, S.C. area.
The major east-west trade routes through the County include South Carolina Highway 9 which crosses the northern section of the County with connections to I-95 and the Myrtle Beach coastal area to the east, and to Interstate 77 to the west.
With the completion of the ongoing widening project for US601, north of Pageland scheduled for December 2009, Chesterfield County will be perfectly situated to further extend the Charlotte Region’s connection into the county. This widening project provides four-lane travel extending from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach throughout Chesterfield County, resulting in four lane access to I-485, I- 85, I-77, I-95 and I-20.
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Chesterfield County is less than 3 hours from the Port of Charleston via U.S. 52, I-95 and I-26 to Charleston; and approximately 2 hours from the Port of Wilmington via U.S. 1 or U.S. 52 to U.S. 74 and to Wilmington – providing local business and industry with access to two of the best port facilities on the eastern seaboard.
Port of Charleston
The Port of Charleston is the busiest container port along the Southeast and Gulf coasts and ranks fourth nationwide. On the entire East and Gulf coasts, only the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey handles more containers than Charleston. The Charleston Customs district ranks as the nation’s sixth largest in dollar value of international shipments, with cargo valued at $33 billion annually.
Port of Wilmington
The Port of Wilmington is located on the east bank of the Cape Fear River and is approximately 26 miles from the open sea. The facility operates a storage dry bulk facility which can outload over 800 tons per hour with 70,000 ton storage capacity. Covered dry bulk facilities include 2.5 million cubic feet of storage capacity and an import conveyor system for grain and fertilizers.
The Port of Wilmington is home to Foreign Trade Zone No. 66 which can assist companies with lowering or even avoiding import duties. The port is equipped with state of the art crane systems and the port has over 1 million square feet of covered, sprinklered storage area. The port also has access to both CSX rail and major highway systems to ease the flow of access to and from the port.
Chesterfield County has access to two commercial airports – Charlotte Douglas International which is approximately 1 hour from Chesterfield County and Florence Regional Airport which is 30 minutes to the south of Chesterfield County.
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas Airport ranks 21st among U.S. Airports and 33rd world-wide. Charlotte is a hub for USAirways. The airport is easily accessible from Chesterfield County via U.S. 601 to I-485 which is less than a 1-hour trip. Charlotte/Douglas International has more than 500 daily scheduled flights, with 147 non-stop services offered to approximately 150 cities. Non-stop flights are offered to and from London, Frankfort, Nassau, Bahamas, Bermuda, Ontario and the Grand Caymans.
Florence Regional Airport
Located 30 miles south of Chesterfield County and just off I-95, the Florence Regional Airport is the closest commercial airport serving the residents of Chesterfield County.
In 1999 operation of the Florence Regional Airport were assigned to the Pee Dee Regional Airport Authority, which is made up of nine representatives from the Pee Dee Regional Airport District. The Pee Dee Regional Airport District includes the City of Florence, and the counties of Florence, Dillon, and Marion – the heart of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Together, these areas are collaborating and committed to furthering the prosperity of the area by providing reliable and cost-effective air transportation to the masses. Florence Regional Airport (FLO offers daily flights by the Delta Airlines Connection carrier, Atlantic Southeast Airlines to Atlanta, GA (ATL); and daily flights on US Airways Express to Charlotte, NC (CLT).
Local Non-Commercial Airports
Chesterfield County residents have access to three non-commercial airports in the towns of Cheraw, Pageland and McBee.
The Cheraw Municipal Airport – Lynch Bellinger Field is located approximately 3 miles northwest of the Town of Cheraw and has two runways with a length of 5,000 feet. Additional information on this airport can be found at www.airnav.com Pageland Airport is located 3 miles southeast of the Town of Pageland and operates a two runways 3,400 feet in length.