Interstate - Rail - Air - Waterways
Situated along Interstates 80 and 74 in Illinois, HENRY COUNTY is at the transportation crossroads of the United States. The County is part of the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) - locally called the Quad Cities. Henry County encompasses 823 square miles and is the 29th largest of the 102 counties in the state of Illinois.
Two Interstate highways cross the length and width of Henry County. Interstate 80 crosses the northern half of the county (east to west) and Interstate 74 crosses the western half (north to south). Interstate 88 is accessed just outside the northwestern corner of the county (linking the Quad Cities to Chicago) and Interstate 280 connects with Interstates 80 and 74 at their crossroads in the northwest corner of the county. Markets within 350 miles include: Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, Omaha and Des Moines.
Three Rail lines exist in Henry County. The Iowa-Interstate Railroad traverses the northern portion of the county, from Colona through Annawan. The Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Railroad traverses the western portion of the county, coming from Rock Island through Orion and Alpha. A separate BNSF track lies on the southeast section of the county, through Galva and Kewanee. Kewanee has an Amtrak Station with passenger rail service on the Illinois Zephyr route (Quincy to Chicago/Chicago to Quincy) twice daily, as well as the Southwest Chief route which runs once daily between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Two Airports are located in Henry County, one in Kewanee and the other in Geneseo. The Kewanee Municipal Airport has a 4,500 ft. and a 3,200 ft. runway. It is accessible via Federal Highway 34 and State Highway 78. The Gen-Air Park in Geneseo has a 2,568 ft. turf runway and is accessible from Interstate 80 by U.S. Route 6. The Quad City International Airport is within ten miles from the northwest corner of the county and is served by U.S. Customs with a Port of Entry designation. Other international services include Customs Bonded Motor Carriers and the region also has a full-service large-capacity inter-modal transfer facility.
Henry County is within thirty miles of the country's busiest Waterway, the Mississippi River. The Mississippi offers water access to the Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes and foreign ports, and is navigable nine to ten months out of the year with a 9-foot channel. There are 46 public and private barge terminals just a short distance from Henry County; all terminals have direct highway access and 3 have rail access. In addition, the Illinois River is within 25 miles and has a docking facility in Hennepin.