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Infrastructure & Transportation

St. Lawrence County’s transportation systems provide efficient and flexible movement throughout the US and Canada by rail, trucking, air, and river.

Free Trade Zone
International seaway deep-water port
Extensive rail and highway links
Airports
UPS & FedEx facilities
Effective Broadband

Land

Nearby Interstates81, 87, US Route 11

State Highways3, 12, 37, 56, 68, 812

Canadian Highways401, 416

The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge in Ogdensburg and the St. Lawrence Seaway International Bridge at Massena provide easy access to Canada’s highway system connecting St. Lawrence County to highway 401 in Ontario. These provide four‐lane access east to Quebec and west to Toronto.

The County offers access to Interstates 81 and 87 in Upstate New York via New York State Routes 37 and 11.

Driving / Truck Distances to Markets

St. Lawrence County is within short driving distance of a number of markets and urban centers.

The driving times given below (in hours) are approximate for a starting point in Canton, NY, which is roughly at the center of St. Lawrence County.

  • 4.0 Albany, NY
  • 7.0 Boston, MA
  • 5.0 Buffalo, NY
  • 3.0 Burlington, VT
  • 15.0 Chicago, IL
  • 7.0 Cleveland, OH
  • 8.5 Detroit, MI
  • 6.5 New York, NY
  • 7.5 Philadelphia, PA
  • 3.5 Rochester, NY
  • 2.5 Syracuse, NY
  • 9.0 Washington, D.C.
  • 2.0 Montreal (Canada)
  • 1.0 Ottawa (Canada)
  • 5.0 Toronto (Canada)
Railroad Service

CSX railroad and several short lines provide freight services to all five major communities in the County, as well as to its remote southeastern quadrant.

Air

St. Lawrence County is served locally by a number of airports, including the Ogdensburg International Airport, Richards Field (Massena), and Damon Field (Potsdam). Potsdam’s airport has recently expanded its terminal facilities and services for business use and its fuel and runway enhancements now allow it to serve small jets.

Additional airports within a short drive include Watertown International Airport, Hancock International Airport (Syracuse), and the international airports of Ottawa and Montreal are within an hour’s drive, allowing for easier travel than to most major international airports.

St. Lawrence County Airports

Ogdensburg International Airport

Operator

Ogdengburg Bridge & Port Authority

Runway Length

6,400 ft.

Services

Passenger, Freight

Carriers

Cape Air & Allegiant Air

Connections

Cape Air: Albany Int'l Airport; Allegiant Air: Orlando Sanford Int'l, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l

Contact

Cape Air: (315) 393-3010; Allegiant Air: (702) 505-8888

Massena International Airport

Operator

Town of Massena

Runway Length

2: 5,000 ft. & 4,000 ft.

Services

Passenger, Freight

Carriers

Cape Air

Connections

Albany Int'l Airport

Contact

(315) 769-7605

Damon Field

Operator

Village of Potsdam

Runway Length

3,700 ft.

Services

Carrier, Freight

Carriers

Charter

Connections

N/A

Contact

(315) 265-5640

River

The Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) qualified Port of Ogdensburg provides large sea vessels with access to the Great Lakes and world ports.

The Port of Ogdensburg is the first U.S. port of call when entering the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway System, providing the ideal location for inbound shipments of cargo for delivery to the United States and Canada. The Port’s strategic location, combined with its trouble-free multi-modal rail and highway connections to all points in North America, makes it highly economical for ships to deliver cargo to the Port for distribution to the U.S.A. and Canada.

Exporters have also discovered that the Port of Ogdensburg is a prime location for outbound shipments to Europe and other overseas locations. Because the Port is closer to Northern Europe than most U.S. ports, transportation costs can be reduced by using the Port of Ogdensburg. Product can be easily railed or trucked to the Port of Ogdensburg for overseas shipments.

1st U.S. port of call when entering the St. Lawrence River

The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge is located less than three miles (4.8 km) from the Port and is the principal artery in the region linking the U.S. and Canada.

Multi-Modal Rail Services

The Port of Ogdensburg has a multi-modal trans-loading facility for both dry and liquid bulk products.

Owned and operated by the Vermont Rail System, the New York and Ogdensburg Railway serves the Port of Ogdensburg and interchanges with CSX Transportation Inc. in Norfolk, New York.

Additional Infrastructure

St. Lawrence County is served by state‐of‐the‐art broadband provided through the Development Authority of the North Country’s Open Access Telecom Network. 

This network is capable of delivering advanced telecommunications services, including Ethernet (10/100/1000), Optical Transport/Wavelength Services, SONET (OC3/12/48/192) and TDM (DS-1/DS-3). These services can support all TDM and IP-based applications, including Internet, Video/Distance Learning, Storage Area Networks (SANS), and other advanced applications.

All Verizon Central offices are equipped with digital switches and connected with fiber optics. T-1-BRI and PRI are available on a limited basis. Frame relay, ATM switching, and SONET redundancy support to the network.

Slic Network Solutions

Local broadband company Slic Network Solutions provides local fiber networks in Canton, Massena and Potsdam. The equipment that is used to deliver lit fiber optic services like point to point connections and Internet traffic creates a Passive Optic Network (PON) which multiplies the capacity of each fiber strand in the network creating endless capacity in the network. The equipment is a next-generation technology, creates an IP environment, and is new in its product life cycle.

We connect customers in St. Lawrence County with our all-fiber network…Really there’s no reason a person couldn’t get connected anywhere they need to right here in St. Lawrence County.

Kevin Lynch, Slic Network Solutions

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