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.
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.
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.
The Port of Lake Charles, with a 40-foot depth, is located 35 miles from Jennings.
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.
Jefferson Davis Parish has no local private airports at present.
Nationwide passenger service is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines.
Parcel service is provided through United Parcel Service, Federal Express, the U.S. Postal Service, and Airborne.
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)
|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|