Transportation

Connecting Products to Market

Wayne County, Georgia is in a great location to support your business’ supply chain needs. In the geographic heart of Southeast Georgia, Wayne County is in an ideal location for industries that need proximity to Georgia’s ports for shipping and/or receiving raw materials and finished products. Proximity to I-95 puts Wayne County within a two-day drive of major markets north to New York and south to Miami.

Highways

Wayne County businesses have direct access to major four-lane Highway 341 and Highway 84. In addition, Highway 301 provides easy access to Brantley and Charlton counties that lie south of Wayne. Most beneficial for business, none of these corridors are toll roads. For information about these highways, click here.

Wayne County's proximity to I-95 provides access to the deep water ports at Savannah, GA (approx. 69 miles), Brunswick, GA. (approx. 41 miles) and Jacksonville, FL. (approx. 90 miles). With a minimum of three lanes in each direction, I-95 smooths the way for transporting goods by truck as far south as Miami and as far north as New England. The north-south Interstate 95 corridor also connects to east-west I-10 at Jacksonville, with its western terminus in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rail

Wayne County is served by dual Class I rail lines, Norfolk Southern and CSX and some available sites and buildings have direct rail access. CSX Transportation has 46.5 miles of mainline in Wayne County, including 10 miles in Jesup and two (2) miles within Screven. Norfolk Southern has 33 miles of mainline in Wayne County. This primarily east‐west railroad connects coastal Georgia to Macon and Atlanta. There are also several railroad spurs developed by Wayne County’s industries to provide direct rail access to their facilities. The Port of Brunswick, Port of Savannah, and Port of Jacksonville are within 40, 56, and 98 rail miles of Jesup, respectively.

More than 40 trains a day pass through downtown Jesup, and the town is one of only five Amtrak stops in Georgia. The Amtrak route through Wayne County shares rails with the CSX Railroad Line.

Ports

The proximity of Interstate 95 puts Wayne County a bit over one hour from the Georgia Ports Authority’s Port of Savannah, the largest single container terminal in North America and the 2nd busiest on the East Coast. The Port of Brunswick, the nation’s second busiest port for import and export Ro/Ro cargo, is even closer via Highway 341, and the Port of Jacksonville is accessed via Highway 341 to I-95 or via Highway 301.

Many of the rail cars that roll through Jesup are on their way to or from the Port of Brunswick. Imported products include wood pulp, paper products, soybeans and heavy machinery. Brunswick also is the primary U.S. port of automobile imports and exports. Other bulk cargo includes cement, gypsum, perlite, and salt.

Harbor deepening for the Port of Savannah is on track for completion in 2021, which will allow larger cargo vessels to call on Savannah with a longer tide window and heavier loads. These loads can then be easily shipped to Wayne County by truck or rail.

Air

Global commerce and corporate travel is within one hour of Wayne County, either at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) or at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (BQK) puts Wayne County within a 30-minute flight to Atlanta, Ga.

Corporate jets can take advantage of the convenience of Jesup-Wayne County Airport (JES), approximately three miles south of Jesup, which has a 5,500-foot runway. This county-owned airport handles approximately 115 aircraft landings and take-offs per week, half of them local and half transient. The local fixed-based operator provides aviation fuel, aircraft parking (ramp or tiedown), passenger terminal and lounge, flight training, aircraft rentals, and more.