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Chillicothe and Ross County are served by three federal highways, three railroads and an airport that can handle major aircraft.

ODOT District 9 - Ross County


About 60 percent of the population of the United States is within a day’s drive of Chillicothe and southern Ohio. U.S. 35 is of interstate quality from Gallipolis on the Ohio River and runs northwest through Ross County to Dayton and I-75. It takes about 70 minutes to get from Chillicothe to the Dayton area.

U.S. 23 is four lanes from Portsmouth on the Ohio River through Ross County to Columbus, intersecting interstate routes 71, 70 and 270. It takes only 35 minutes to get from northern Chillicothe to I-270. U.S. 23 to Ohio 316 takes you to Rickenbacker Airport and the new intermodal facility. U.S. 50 connects the Maryland coast to California.

Driving distances to major metropolitan areas from Chillicothe

Columbus, OH
48 1.0
Cincinnati, OH 105 1.7
Charleston, WV 117 2.0
Toledo, OH 182 3.2
Cleveland, OH 191 3.2
Indianapolis, IN 195 3.0
Louisville, KY 204 3.2
Pittsburgh, PA 226 3.5
Detroit, MI 242 4.2
Chicago, IL 374 6.0
Nashville, TN 378 6.0
Charlotte, NC 381 6.0
Washington, DC 409 6.7
St. Louis, MO 437 6.8
Toronto, ON 477 7.5
Atlanta, GA 516 8.5
New York, NY 577 9.2

Source: Google Maps



Class 1 railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern serve Ross County.  The Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor carries double-stack containers from the Port of Virginia to one of the nation’s largest intermodal facilities at the Inland Port at Rickenbacker, 30 miles north of Chillicothe.  The Ohio South Central Railroad provides short line service to southern Ohio and interconnection with CSX in Ross County.


The Ross County Shoemaker Airport is six miles northwest of Chillicothe. The main runway is 5,404 feet long and 100 feet wide allowing for single-wheel planes of 30,000 pounds and double-wheel planes of 60,000 pounds. The terminal is manned from 8 a.m. to dusk and jet and other fuel is available. Hangars also are available. For more information, call TRM Aviation at 740-773-4788.

Ross County Airport Information.


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