Access to Transportation


The first federally funded highway, the National Road, was blazed through what was to become Zanesville by its forefathers, Ebenezer Zane and John McIntire. Their goal was to connect the markets of the East with the emerging bounty of the West. Today their vision proves prescient.

Zanesville and Muskingum County are located within one day’s truck drive of about 60% of the U.S. population. The population density map below shows our proximity to major U.S. population centers. (Each tiny white dot represents 7,500 people)


The National Road, now U.S. Route 40, is paralleled by Interstate 70, one of the most heavily traveled highways in America. While both highways pass through the middle of Muskingum County, I-70 has developed as a major freight corridor. Every day more than 50,000 vehicles move along I-70 through Zanesville. That is over 18 million vehicles per year.

Muskingum County resides at a logistical sweet spot as approximately 10 miles to east of the county I-70 interchanges with I-77 and 37 miles and 48 miles to the west, I-70 interchanges with I-270 and I-71, respectively.

Zanesville-Muskingum County is well positioned to serve the population centers of the East Coast and the Midwest.