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Madison offers businesses quick access to many forms of transportation, including I-565, U.S. Highway 72, the Huntsville International Airport, and an International Intermodal Center.

Major Highways in Madison include:

  • I-565
  • U.S. Hwy 72
  • Hwy 20 (Madison Blvd.)
  • I-65 (5 miles away)

Mileage to Major Cities

 City Hwy Miles Hwy KM
Atlanta  237 381
Birmingham  94 151
Chattanooga  112 180
Chicago  583 983
Dallas  726 1,168
Huntsville  11 17
Louisville  289 465
Memphis 207 333
Nashville 114 183
New Orleans 434 698
St. Louis 423 681

Traffic Counts
View Traffic count and projections for Madison. If a count that you need is outdated, please contact 256-772-2885 for an updated count. Additional traffic count information is available from the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Huntsville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. This information can be found on ALDOT's online GIS traffic map and the Huntsville Area MPO Transportation Data page.

The City of Madison, Alabama is just minutes away from Huntsville International Airport (HSV), and less than two hours from both Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Birmingham International Airport (BHM).  HSV is the largest commercial airport in North Alabama, serving more than 1.2 million passengers annually. Commercial airlines servicing Huntsville International Airport (HSV) include American, Delta, and United, with nonstop service to 9 destinations, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, and two airports in Washington D.C. (Dulles and National).

The HSV airport has two parallel runways, one 10,000 feet, and the other 12,600 feet, with a 5,000-foot separation and 1 million square feet of cargo ramp space. This allows for 24-hour, simultaneous operations during instrument conditions. The facility is equipped for CAT II operations and the high-tech air cargo market is served by domestic and international all-cargo carriers with weekly international nonstop from 5 air carriers to 11 non-stop international locations (including Mexico, Hong Kong, Europe, and Sao Paulo Brazil).  Cargo carriers include Atlas Air, Cargolux Airlines, Federal Express, Panalpina, and UPS.

 Airport Location  Distance from Madison
Huntsville International Airport Huntsville, AL  2.5 Miles
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Birmingham, AL 97 Miles
Nashville International Airport Nashville, TN 119 Miles
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atlanta, GA 247 Miles

Source: Distance based on Google, 2013

Rail (Intermodal)
An International Intermodal Center (IIC) is located at the Port of Huntsville, two miles away from Madison, AL.  The IIC provides a single hub location specializing in receiving, transferring, storing, and distributing international and domestic cargo via rail and highway.  The IIC rail terminal is served by Norfolk Southern, with dedicated stack train service to/from both east coast and west coast ports.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection port inspectors, USDA inspectors, freight forwarders, and customs brokers are all located on-site. The Norfolk Southern Rail system bisects Madison and is adjacent to many industrial properties. There are also 14 steamship lines serving the Huntsville IIC.

Port Facilities
The Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority in Decatur, AL is located within 15 miles of Madison, AL. The Port of Decatur offers a wide range of facilities, equipment, and services to meet customer needs.  The port facilities and equipment include 24,000 square feet of warehouse space, field warehousing, loader, bobcat, switch boats (800-1,000 horsepower), 175-ton crawler crane, front-end loader with 6-yeard bucket, 4 forklifts (23-ton capacity), skid steer, truck scales, boiler, liquid bulk storage, rail siding, direct dump to barge ramp, barge-to-rail / truck hopper.  Services for dry bulk, liquid, and general cargo include tankerman services, bilge pumping, and inspection, walk-around inspection, truck weighing, freshwater, barge sweeping and washing, cover handling (docks), cover stacking, dry/liquid unloading, hopper, and tank barges, and switch boat assistance.  The Tennessee River stretches out between Knoxville, TN, and Paducah, KY, navigated by a system of dams and locks.  The river connects with the Tennessee-Tombigbee River, providing a link between Decatur and the Port of Mobile.

Public Transportation
Madison, AL has several sources of public transportation, including bus, shuttle, taxi, Uber, Lyft, and limo. There is a Huntsville Shuttle bus, airport shuttle service from hotels, four limousine companies, and nine taxi cab companies currently serving the community.  Additionally, there are multiple Uber and Lyft drivers that can accommodate a pick-up or drop off within minutes.