Highways and Trucking
Scott County is conveniently located in the southwest corner of the 7-county Twin Cities metro area. Two interstates run through the county, connected by a well-maintained state and county highway system.
U.S. Highway 169 (Hwy 169) is a four to six lane divided freeway providing a direct connection and easy access to the metropolitan area to the north, and Mankato to the south. Three Scott County cities are located directly adjacent to Hwy 169. These include Shakopee, Jordan, and Belle Plaine.
Interstate 35 (I-35) is a north-south highway, with direct access to Minneapolis and St. Paul up to Duluth in the north, and access all the way to the Gulf of Mexico through the state of Texas in the south. I-35 is located on the eastern side of Scott County and is a four lane divided highway in the Elko New Market area.
State Hwy 13 and County Road 101 provide east-west access in the northern part of Scott County. Savage and Prior Lake are both located adjacent to State Hwy 13, providing easy access to both Hwy 169 to the west and I-35 to the east.
Minnesota River Crossings
There are multiple options for crossing the Minnesota River into Scott County, including six existing bridge crossings directly into Scott County. Another main crossing for employees commuting to and from Scott County is the Interstate 35W crossing located just east of Scott County, in Dakota County. The principal crossings from east to west are:
- Interstate 35W - major connection between Dakota and Hennepin Counties
- Highway 169 - eastern crossing in Scott County with a six lane divided highway
- Highway 101 - direct access from Carver County to downtown Shakopee
- Highway 41 - access from Chaska just west of Shakopee in Jackson Township
Seven existing river crossings mainly serving Scott County
Two major Class I carriers operate in Scott County; Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railway. These rail lines provide direct access to connections country wide in Minneapolis/St. Paul as well as in Mankato. In addition to the Class I carriers there are also a couple short line and regional railroads serving the area in Scott County.
Union Pacific Railroad - Twin Cities Area / Scott County
Canadian Pacific Railway - Twin Cities Area / Scott County
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) was recognized as the Best Airport in North America among airports serving between 25 million and 40 million passengers, and ranks as the third Best Airport in the World in that size category, according to ACI.
There are 14 airports in Minnesota that support scheduled air cargo operations. An additional 18 airports provide on-demand charter operations for air cargo.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International is among the top cargo operations airports in the country, ranking 23rd with 1.2 billion pounds of landed cargo.
MSP airport serves 135 nonstop markets, including 114 domestic and 21 international markets, and ranked 12th in the country and 15th in North America in passenger traffic, serving 2 million people, according to Airports Council International.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is served by two waterway systems - the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway. These bodies of water provide a low-cost and effective means of transporting goods.
The Mississippi River system connects Minnesota with the international port of New Orleans. Barge tows and diesel towboats haul a wide range of commodities.
The Ports of Savage in Scott County is comprised of five facilities that deliver commodities to the rest of the world via the Minnesota River connection to the Mississippi River. Today, hundreds of trucks visit the site on a daily basis, unloading the corn, wheat, and soybeans grown in Minnesota fields to be distributed throughout the world. Approximately 6 percent of the nation's grain is shipped from the Ports of Savage.
The Port of Duluth, an international seaport, is located two hours north of Minneapolis-St. Paul. It is the western terminus of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway and connects the region to the East Coast and world markets beyond.
For residents in Scott and Carver Counties, SmartLink is your premier mobility management service, including Dial-A-Ride. Smart Link can get you anywhere in the seven county metro area (in some cases, you may need to transfer to another transportation provider).
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) is the public transportation agency for seven suburbs located approximately 15 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul: Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Rosemount in Dakota County; and Savage, Shakopee, and Prior Lake in Scott County. MVTA also provides the Scott County-to-downtown Minneapolis express bus service, originally known as BlueXpress.
Route 495 (Mall of America - Burnsville - Shakopee Express Route): Route 495 began service on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 and was designed to target work shifts of key employers. It is funded by a legislative appropriation as a suburb-to-suburb demonstration project. Route 495 serves an additional purpose by providing an important east-west link in the southern Metro.
The Route operates seven days per week between 4 a.m. and midnight, providing service between Mall of America (MOA), Burnsville Transit Station (BTS) and Marschall Road Transit Station (MRTS) in Shakopee. Select trips directly serve Amazon on Shenandoah Road in Shakopee.
Route 490 (Downtown Minneapolis Express) and Route 492 (Scott County/Downtown Minneapolis Reverse Commute):
Route 491 (Scott County/Downtown Minneapolis Reverse Commute) and Route 493 (Downtown Minneapolis Express):
Route 497 (Shakopee Local Route) and Route 499 (Shakopee Local Route):
Land to Air provides shuttle service from the Marschall Road Transit Station (Shakopee) to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride -- no parking issues, no fighting traffic, and no trouble with the weather!