The county is located at the crossroads of US 2, US 41, and M-35; the main north-south and east-west highways through the Upper Peninsula.
US 2 extends to the west of the nation offering a transportation route from the Upper Peninsula to the State of Washington; crossing Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho.
US 41 connects the southern states of Florida, Georgia,
Tennessee, and Kentucky with the Midwestern states of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan; Crossing through Chicago, IL.
M-35 is a North-South truckline highway that connects three main Upper Peninsula cities: Menominee, Escanaba, and Negaunee.
The Delta County Airport offers commercial and general aviation services. It is located 2 miles away from downtown Escanaba, and provides free parking. This class E, category 4 airport is composed of two runways that are equipped to work the full year under any weather conditions. Runway 9/27 is the longest at 6,501' long x 150' wide, and Runway 18/36 is 5,000' long x 100' wide.
Convenient access to truck, rail, and ports is also available. Delta Airlines offers convenient flights to Detroit and Minneapolis. The number of passengers per year surpasses 10,000.
The airport receives Fed EX and UPS cargo once a day, 5 days a week. The airport may receive diversions from other places due to weather emergencies.
Local businesses and companies take full advantage of the airport for transportation of their products and employees.
Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroads (E&LS) is a privately owned shortline railroad company operating in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The mainline stretches 235 miles from Ontonagon, MI on the shores of Lake Superior to Green Bay, WI. Its headquarters are located in Delta County, with an additional office in Green Bay, WI.
The E&LS owns and/or leases a substantial car fleet that includes: 781 boxcars, 77 bulkhead flatcars, 4 gondolas, and 15 RBL’s for a total of 877 rail freight cars. Services include 5 day/week service over the mainline and customized services to meet shipper requirements. Other services provided consist of Industrial development and site planning.
Canadian National Railway connects the Upper Peninsula of MI to Wisconsin and the rest of the Midwest. With 20,400 route miles of track, it connects the Great Lakes with the Gulf of Mexico and serves 8 Canadian provinces. It employs 22,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Link to company map:
Delta County provides access to three natural deepwater ports. They are conveniently located in Escanaba, Wells Township, and Gladstone.
The ports provide an extra mode of transportation for businesses in the area. The Great Lakes can be easily used to transport heavy bulks or equipment to main cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago. Shipping is available world wide through the Welland Cana and the St. Lawrence Seaway, or through Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico.
Escanaba ships 6 million tons of iron ore out each year to Gary Indiana and Cleaveland, OH. Coal, limestone, and bulk materials are transported in through the Delta County ports as well.
Superior Trade Zone Designation for Delta and Marquette Counties
A new economic development district in the Upper Peninsula officially became law in Michigan when Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation enacted in 2014. The law amends Public Act 275 to include a sixth Next Michigan Development Corporation in Delta and Marquette counties. Five such districts exist downstate and are eligible for state funding and tax incentives. These incentives are available not only to new businesses but also those expanding in Michigan that utilize multi-modal transportation in their supply or production chains.