Available Transportation in the City of Caruthersville


The Pemiscot County Port Authority provides access to barge transportation via the inland waterway system. This slack-water harbor is located at mile 849 on the Lower Mississippi River. The Port Authority provides inter modal shipping through its strategic linkages to the rail and highway systems. A public dock, fleeting service, and building sites are available at this year-round ice free facility. Enhanced Enterprise Zone benefits and other state and local incentives are available to businesses locating or expanding within the Port Authority district.

For further information on river service contact:
Pemiscot County Port Authority
619 Ward Avenue, Caruthersville, MO 63830
Phone: (573) 333-4125, Fax (573) 333-4216


 Two international airports are located within an easy interstate drive of Caruthersville: Memphis International Airport, 85 miles south on I-55, and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, three hours north of Pemiscot County via I-55. Commuter service to St. Louis is available at Cape Girardeau, 75 miles north. Local air traffic is served by the Caruthersville Municipal Airport (M05), located in the southwestern quadrant of the city. This full service facility has a lighted runway 4,005 feet long by 75 feet wide, and is available 24 hours per day.


 Burlington-Northern Railroad serves Pemiscot County with access to this nationwide rail carrier available at Hayti, MO. Ten Class 1 railroads in Missouri provide efficient, inexpensive shipping over approximately 7,600 miles of track, with services to most U.S. cities. Trailer on flat car facilities are available nearby and container on flat car facilities are available in either Memphis, TN or St. Louis, MO.

For more information on rail service, contact:
Ray Stimart, Superintendent, Operations
Burlington-Northern Railroad
5280 E Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN 38118
Phone: (901) 433-7306.

 An analysis of typical rail shipping times from Pemiscot County is listed below:

City MIles Delivery (In Days)
Atlanta 540 2
Chicago 500 2
Dallas 420 2
Memphis 95 Same Day
New York 85 4
Los Angeles 1800 5


Caruthersville is located near the intersection of I-155 and I-55, which is the first north-south artery west of the Mississippi River intersecting each of the east-west interstate highways. Our location in the central U.S. is ideal for transportation to all major metropolitan markets. Completion of the Interstate 155 bridge between Caruthersville and Dyersburg, Tennessee, in 1976 established Caruthersville as a transportation interchange providing direct linkage to all parts of the country. The normal truckload delivery time to any location in the 48 contiguous United States does not exceed four days after shipment (add one day for less-than truckload).

An analysis of typical truck transit times from Pemiscot County is listed below:

Destination Delivery (In Days)
LIttle Rock, Ar 1
Birmingham, Al 1
Los Angeles, Ca 4
Denver, Co 2
Chicago, Il 1
Indianapolis, In 1
Louisville, Ky 1
Kansas City, MO 1
St. Louis, MO 1
Detroit, MI 2
Boston, MA 4
Minneapolis, Mn 2
Cleveland, Oh 2
Cincinatti, Oh 1
Pittsburgh, Pa 2
Memphis, Tn 1
Nashville, Tn 1
Seattle, Wa 4
Milwaukee, Wi 2

Caruthersville Chamber of Commerce
200 West Third Street
Caruthersville, MO 63830
Phone: 573-333-1222
Email: caruthersvillechamber@gmail.com
Caruthersville City  
200 West Third Street
Caruthersville, MO 63830
Phone: 573-333-2142
Fax: 573-333-4247