Transportation Services

All roads lead to Chaffee Crossing, distinctly situated at the center of the U.S. transportation grid. The region is recognized as a manufacturing hub with immediate access to all critical modes of transportation—interstates, rail, river and air.

A skilled workforce, readily available training through University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, Carl Albert State College and other local training centers are equipped to provide customized training as needed. These educational institutions produce top quality candidates who are ready to meet ever-evolving industry demands.

 

Chaffee Crossing has been recognized by national site selector publications as a top level development for industrial support and close proximity to transportation resources. 

 

 

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Interstate 40 / Interstate 49

Interstate 40 connects the east coast to the west coast of the United States across Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, northern Texas, New Mexico and California. In July 2015, a new section of Interstate 49 opened through the heart of Chaffee Crossing, connecting western Arkansas to Winnipeg, Canada. This intersection of two major interstates provides ideal access to rail service and river ports as well as highway access to major metropolitan cities of Little Rock, Kansas City, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Dallas, Shreveport, Memphis, Nashville and more. The Roberts Blvd. interchange is located immediately adjacent to the Chaffee Crossing industrial neighborhood with direct access to manufacturers and warehouses.

 

Fort Smith Railroad/Pioneer Railcorp 

Fort Smith Railroad, a division of Pioneer Railcorp, is the primary rail service to Chaffee Crossing. Once freight enters the development, it is served on the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority short line. Industrial customers enjoy the convenience of having access to railcar delivery direct to their facility.

 

Arkansas River Ports 

The Ports of Van Buren and Fort Smith on the Arkansas River are operated by Five Rivers Distribution. Primary tonnage is sand, aggregates, grains and industrial components.

 

Arkansas River Ports

The Western Arkansas Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority is a division of the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District. This agency monitors existing infrastructure in order to serve as a planning and development catalyst for new shipping locations and methods. Through local and state partnerships, WA-RITA is working to expand the movement of goods and freight that are key drivers of the regional economy. Visit the WAPDD website for resources regarding all forms of transportation in the greater Fort Smith region.

Recent News


Jan 11, 2019

Chaffee Crossing-based Arkansas Colleges of Health Education president Kyle Parker gave some insight into the future developments planned for the campus. They include asking locals to help medical students fall in love with the community so they will stay and practice in the region after graduation.


Jan 11, 2019

In a Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority board meeting on January 9, 2019, executive director Mat Pitsch told the board the I-49 project is not dead even though a letter from ARDOT director Scott Bennett reports that the HNTB study determined tolling would not support the cost of constructing 13.5 miles of interstate and a new bridge across the Arkansas River between Chaffee Crossing and Alma, Arkansas.

"Looking at bigger projects, Pitsch told the board that ARDOT Director Scott Bennett had a study done on the feasibility of a bridge and a roughly 13-mile section of I-49 north of Fort Chaffee that would connect Highway 22 in Sebastian County and the I-40/I-49 interchange in Crawford County to be a toll system. The timing for that section of the interstate would have to be started within the next five years," he said.

“No one wanted to commit to a 13-mile section, but by doing it the way he did, he could see who might be interested in a toll contract on the highway without having to commit to starting the entire project,” Pitsch said. “It was a very smart way to do it. We don’t know if any of the (interstate) will be toll, but by using funds for the study, it was a commitment that construction on that section would have to be started within five years.”


Jan 10, 2019

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education announced plans to develop a healing garden and wellness park on their campus.


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