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.
PROXIMITY TO MARKETS
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)
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.
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 is served by the Ohio Central Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., railroad. Genesee & Wyoming operates 62 regional and short-line railroads in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Ohio Central owns its own north-south track and leases the east-west Columbus & Ohio River track. To the west, Ohio Central connects with both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern (NS) at their intermodal rail yards in Columbus. To the east, Ohio Central has a connection with NS on the Ohio River at Mingo Junction. Finally, to the north, Ohio Central also connects with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad at Brewster.
In 2013, 2,000 ft of rail was added at the Eastpointe Park. Transloading services are available at the Eastpointe Rail Transfer Station to companies or individuals wishing to move product between rail and trucks. For information on the Eastpointe Rail Transfer Station, contact the Port Authority offices at 740-455-0742