Greater Mankato Leverages Strategic Transportation Corridors for Growth

Greater Mankato, MN leverages strategic transportation corridors for growth. The Greater Mankato Area is an optimal southern Minnesota location with easy access to major metropolitan areas like Minneapolis-St. Paul, Des Moines, and even Chicago. High quality four-lane highways, a state-of-the-art regional airport, and national railways make for smooth distribution, easy business growth, and lucrative investment opportunities in the region.

Major Highways

Greater Mankato is one of the fastest growing MSAs in the nation without an interstate. This performance is achieved in part because the region is situated along two interstate quality four-lane divided highways. US Highway 169/MN Highway 60 provides four-lane access from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Sioux City, Iowa. US Highway 14 leads to Rochester to the east and New Ulm to the west. Quality local roads add to timely and smooth distribution. Interstates 90 and 35 are located within an hour’s reach.

Mankato is part of MnDOT District 7, which has plans to invest $992 million in state highway projects over the next 10 years. This investment will ensure high quality pavement and bridge conditions, clear and specific roadside infrastructure and signage, and safety infrastructure.

Airports, Railways, and Intermodal

Mankato is home to the Mankato Regional Airport (MKT) that offers excellent facilities and a long 6,600-foot primary runway that supports small and large aircraft and airfreight. MKT is the second busiest airport in Minnesota and offers quick access to southern metropolitan locations. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is 1 hour 17 minutes away from Mankato.

Greater Mankato is bisected by two major rail lines, the Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific. The Union Pacific is the second largest railroad in the United States and covers 23 states in the western two-thirds of the nation. The Canadian Pacific provides freight transport from Vancouver to Montreal and serves major cities in the United States like Minneapolis and Chicago.

Businesses in Greater Mankato have multiple intermodal options with the closest intermodal access to BNSF, UP, and CP available within 90 miles in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Further intermodal is available in Chicago, Des Moines, and Kansas City. Mississippi River Access is available via Savage, St. Paul, Red Wing, and Winona.

Due to its strategic location, Greater Mankato serves as a productive Midwest gateway to national and global markets and continues to grow as a regional distribution hub.

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