imgU.S. Coast Guard Cutter Near Bay on the River Raisin
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Near Bay on the River Raisin
imgI-75 Interchange in the City of Monroe
I-75 Interchange in the City of Monroe
img4-Star Greenhouse Jet at Custer Airport
4-Star Greenhouse Jet at Custer Airport
imgRail Transportation to the DTE Energy Monroe Power Plant
Rail Transportation to the DTE Energy Monroe Power Plant

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Transportation Network

The Port of Monroe is Michigan’s only port on Lake Erie, and is fast becoming recognized for its excellent features related to low cost water transportation of raw materials. Monroe County is fortunate to have easy access to all major forms of transportation, including highway, water, rail and air modes of travel. Several important transportation routes are clustered into a major corridor located in the eastern portion of the County, running parallel to the Lake Erie shoreline. This corridor includes several important highways as well as a number of railroad tracks.


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Monroe County is the only Michigan county that is immediately adjacent to Lake Erie which forms part of the St. Lawrence Seaway system.  Proximity to Lake Erie is therefore an advantage for economic development purposes. The St. Lawrence Seaway system provides opportunities for transportation costs savings for those industries that use water transportation routes for moving general or bulk material.  Easy access to Lake Erie is also an advantage for those industries that need large quantities of water for processing or cooling operations. The turning basin encompasses approximately 22 acres and is 18 feet deep and 800 feet in diameter.  Dock Facilities include 1,043 feet of dock (concrete and steel sheet pile), 460 feet of dock (steel sheet pile) on the turning basin and 1,500 feet of dock (natural bank) on River Raisin.  

There are no obstructing bridges in any part of the navigation channel.  Large vessels can turn in the turning basin without the use of tugs.


Inner Channel  200 ft. wide x 8,200 ft. long 
Outer Channel 300 ft. wide x 15,800 ft. long
Channel Depth 21 ft.
Turning Basin
22 acres at 18 ft. deep
2,250 ft. of frontage on turning basin

Dock Facilities

  • 1,043 ft. of dock (concrete and steel sheet pile) on turning basin
  • Power and water available
  • 460 ft. of dock (steel sheet pile) on turning basin
  • 1,500 ft. of dock (natural bank) on River Raisin

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Three major expressways serve Monroe County and represent its most significant transportation asset. The primary expressway is Interstate 75, located just a quarter of a mile from the Port of Monroe, and runs from Sault Ste. Marie in northern Michigan to Florida in the south.  Another major expressway is Interstate 275, which begins in northern Monroe County and runs in a northerly direction through western Wayne County, eventually terminating in Oakland County.  Another limited access road traversing the County is U.S. 23.  This freeway is located in the western half of the County, providing easy access to Ann Arbor and Flint to the north and Ohio to the south.  These expressways connect with other major highway systems, linking Monroe County to the remainder of the Midwest.

Several other major highways are also available in the eastern portion of the County along the I-75 corridor.  These highways include Telegraph Road (U.S. 24) and Dixie Highway (M-125).  M-50, Monroe County’s major east-west highway, runs through its center.  For additional information related to roads within Monroe County, please visit the website of the Monroe County Road Commission.

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The abundance of railroad lines serving Monroe County represents another important advantage for economic development. The county’s relatively high concentration of mainline railroads is due, in large part, to its proximity to the major urban centers of Detroit and Toledo. Lines fan out from each of those cities in different directions across Monroe County, with the heaviest concentration of lines and traffic along the corridor that runs directly between the two cities. CN (Canadian National, formerly Grand Trunk), NS (Norfolk Southern, formerly Conrail) and CSX Transportation all operate lines through the City of Monroe on the Detroit-Toledo Corridor.

The Port of Monroe is serviced by both NS and CN Railroads.  A major upgrade is planned for 2010 to enhance its functionality.


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Air Transportation

Monroe Custer Airport is owned by the City of Monroe and managed by the Monroe Port Commission. While there is presently no fixed-based operator, services listed are available through contracted concession agreement holders.

Here are some quick facts about the Monroe Custer Airport:

  • The approximate total airport acreage is 140 acres.
  • There is at least 20 acres of land available immediately for development on the airport proper.
  • There are 10 older small T hangers w/ manual doors and 21 larger, modern with electric, bi-fold doors.
  • 2 larger box type hangers for larger personal aircraft and a large Bay hanger suitable for corporate and larger aircraft. 
  • There are no T hangers presently available but we put interested parties on a contact list. There is space available in the Bay hanger.
  • T hanger rent is $245.00 per month and Bay hanger rent is based on plane size.
  • Fuel prices are $5.45 for 100 octane low lead and $5.00 for Jet A (per gallon).  Fuel prices are based on our last delivery price with deliveries approximately once per month.
  • 5,000 X 100 foot runway with full length taxiway, lighting and security fencing with access control.

Monroe Custer Airport - City of Monroe - 2800 N. Custer Road, Monroe, MI 48162 (734) 384-9616


Detroit Metropolitan Airport is located 30 minutes west of Monroe County and is the largest hub of Northwest Airlines.  It is also the second-largest base for Spirit Airlines.  The airport has six major runways, two terminals, 145 in-service gates,[4] and an attached hotel and conference center. Metro Airport also serves the Toledo, Ohio, area, and the city of Windsor, Ontario in nearby Canada.[7]The airport has access to over 160 destinations in Canada, the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia[8].

Toledo Express Airport is located about 10 miles west of the city of Toledo.  It is a secondary airport to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, providing limited flights and connections, and hosts air cargo services.  It serves as a regional hub for smaller communities and rural areas in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. It is operated by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.


Several smaller airports are also available within the County. The two main facilities within the County are the Monroe Custer Airport in the City of Monroe and Toledo Suburban Airport in Whiteford Township.  Small public airports are found in the Erie, Petersburg and Carleton areas, and several private airstrips are scattered throughout the County.

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