Our region is fully prepared to meet the logistical needs of and requirements of businesses, customers, and consumers.
Several world-class transportation options converge in the Victoria region. The presence of a well-planned regional transportation infrastructure includes several major highways, world-class waterways, air and rail to move raw materials, finished products and people in and out of the area.
Highway Network and I-69 Project
Victoria's excellent highway system includes US Hwy 59, US Hwy 87 and US Hwy 77, with easy access to Interstate Highways I-10, I-35 and I-37. This network offers a multitude of connections for Victoria to regional Texas metropolitan areas, the entire United States and other North American markets.
Victoria is a significant portion of the international I-69 corridor project, designed to connect United States cities with Canada and Mexico. Regionally, Victoria is a critical intersecting point between south Texas and Mexico with U.S. Highway 59, to be part of the future I-69, as a four-lane, divided, interstate-quality highway that extends through Victoria to Laredo and Houston.
The Port of Victoria is a shallow-draft barge port with more than 2,000 available acres offering businesses outstanding logistic solutions with service by barge, rail, and four-lane divided highways. Notable attributes include:
- Port of Victoria Dock No. 1 is a 350-foot transit dock. A new lighting system allows for 24-hour cargo operations. There are 20 mooring sites, 17,000 square feet of shed space and over 3 acres of improved ground storage areas. A 7,300 square foot office and storage building is ready for occupancy.
- Port of Victoria Dock No. 2 is an 800-foot string pier available for docking sites and barge repair.
- A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Port of Houston to develop and expand the distribution synergies to move freight via barge between the Ports of Houston and Victoria.
- An industrial park site fronts approximately 5,240 feet along the Victoria Barge Canal which extends to the turning basin. The 2,000-acre park is located within a Foreign Trade Zone.
The Port of Victoria is connected to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) via the Victoria Barge Canal, a 35 mile-long waterway channel that is 12' +3' depth the entire length of the canal with horizontal clearance to 125 feet. The GIWW links Victoria to the entire Gulf Coast from Brownsville, Texas to Apalachee Bay, Florida. In addition, it opens up commerce via the Mississippi River, Ohio River and their connecting canals and river basins with 14,000 miles of inland waterways.
The Port of Port Lavaca - Point Comfort is located 30 miles from downtown Victoria. Quick and reliable rail and highway options offer local businesses handling options for containerized, heavy-lift cargoes with water draft of 36+ feet and unlimited air draft.
Notable attributes include:
- Three Liquid Cargo Ship Docks exist for loading and unloading chemical, petroleum-related and other liquid bulk products. The primary facility is a 1,100-foot pier with two ship berths and multiple loading arms with a pier deck height of 20 feet MLT.
- The Port's Liquid Cargo Barge Terminal includes six slips equipped with multiple loading and unloading arms. Berths have a 14-foot operating depth and a dock height of 12 feet MLT.
- A Dry Bulk Dock is a public deep draft dock designed primarily for bulk materials unloading. It is capable of handling bulk carrier lengths up to 750 feet. A spiral conveyor unloading tower can access each cargo hold and feed a continuous conveyor system to reach nearby industrial sites.
- A General Cargo Dock with a height of 16.7 feet MLT can accommodate vessels up to 750 feet in length.
- A Multi-Purpose Dock allows handling project cargoes, heavy equipment, roll-on/roll-off and specific dry bulk shipments via cargo ship or barge. The 711-foot bulkhead is fendered, while a 60' by 380' concrete apron offers access to the surrounding three-acre open storage area.
Additional deep water port access is available at the Port of Corpus Christi, located 90 miles south of Victoria, and the Port of Houston, located approximately 140 miles east of Victoria County.
The Victoria Regional Airport is a 1,766 acre Class 1 FAR Part 139 Commercial Service Airport located 5 miles from downtown Victoria. Commercial flights to Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) airport via United Airlines exist with connections to state, national, and international airports. The Victoria Jet Center offers business services such as pilot supplies, 24-hour Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting and hangar space. Other aviation-related information includes a 9,101’ x 150’ primary runway, state-of-the-art runway signage and lighting, fuel service-Jet A and AvGas, rental cars and an FAA air traffic control tower.
Union Pacific is the primary operator of the multitude of rail lines in Victoria County, while Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Kansas City Southern have track rights to operate on the UP lines.