Market Access


The main transportation arteries through Jefferson Davis Parish are Interstate 10, U.S. Highways 90, 165, and 190, and numerous Louisiana state highways.

The state highways are eight in all: 14, 26, 99, 101, 102, 380, 382, and 395. These highways make the parish's communities easily accessible to each other and provide an extensive network for all ground transportation needs.

Freight Rail

Two railroad companies serve the two main-line communities of Jefferson Davis Parish: Union Pacific Railway, BNSF, and Southern Pacific Railway. There are numerous sites across the parish and in separate townships with railroad access.

Water Transportation

Inland Waterways

Cargo can be delivered and exported via the Intracoastal Waterway and the Mermentau River. Lake Arthur offers another inland water access for the parish.

Shallow Draft Access

The parish's own shallow water port is the Port of Mermentau, which is a 9-ft deep port located 5 miles from Jennings.

Deepwater Ports

The Port of Lake Charles, with a 40-foot depth, is located 35 miles from Jennings.

Air Transportation

Commercial Airport

The nearest commercial aviation facility is the Lake Charles Regional Airport, 35 miles from the center of Jefferson Davis Parish. It offers air transportation by American Airlines and United Airlines.

One and two-stop service is available to most major domestic destinations. The Jennings Airport, with a 5,000 foot runway, and the Welsh Airport, with a 3,000 foot runway, are both located within the parish.

Private Airport

Jefferson Davis Parish has no local private airports at present.

Other Transportation

Passenger Service

Nationwide passenger service is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines.

Parcel Service

Parcel service is provided through United Parcel Service, Federal Express, the U.S. Postal Service, and Airborne.

Motor Freight

Major Motor Freight Carriers

SAIA Motor Freight Lines provides ground transportation services for the parish.

Distance to Major Cities (in miles, from center of Parish)

City Distance
Atlanta, GA 625 miles
Birmingham, AL 516 miles
Chicago, IL 1,032 miles
Cincinnati, OH 983 miles
Dallas, TX 391 miles
Houston, TX 179 miles
Kansas City, MO 789 miles
Memphis, TN 493 miles
Minneapolis, MN 1,229 miles
Nashville, TN 704 miles
New Orleans, LA 174 miles
St. Louis, MO 787 miles


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