Ouachita Parish's location on Interstate-20 in Northeast Louisiana is a major strategic advantage to companies needing quick access to major markets.

The parish's interstate highways, rail system, ports and waterways, air service, and motor freight terminals offer an exceptionally diverse distribution network.

This network provides easy access to markets including Birmingham, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock and St. Louis.


Interstate-20 runs east-west through the Southeastern U.S. corridor, from Montgomery, Alabama into Dallas, Texas, providing connections to major U.S. market. In addition, there are numerous Louisiana and U.S. highways that provide access to Interstates 10, 40, 75 and 85.


Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and the Arkansas & Louisiana Missouri Railroads all have rail lines throughout the parish and region. Many businesses rely on transporting bulk items via this lengthy railway system.

Ports and Navigable Waterways

There are several ports that serve Northeast Louisiana and the Ouachita River serves as a point of distribution from several facilities along the waterway. The closest deepwater port in the northern part of the state is Port of Shreveport-Bossier.


Monroe Regional Airport, the original home of Delta Airlines, is served by Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and Continental Airlines. Direct flights are available to Atlanta, Dallas- Fort Worth, and other Major cities. The Monroe Regional Airport provides commercial and cargo service for the parish and surrounding region. In addition, there are seven general airports in the 8-parish region serving Northeast Louisiana.