Washington County is served by several state highways and U. S. Highway 43, which is a four-lane highway running north and south on the eastern side of the county. Highway 17 is a north-south highway in the center of the county and goes through Millry and Chatom and continues south until it intersects with Highway 45. Highway 45 enters Washington County on the western side at approximately mid-point and continues south to Mobile County and in to Mobile. The main east-west route in Washington County is Highway 56 which connects to Highway 43 at Wagarville, goes west through Chatom and on in to Mississippi and connects with Highway 45. For traffic counts at various points on these highways you may check with Alabama Dept. of Transportion.
The eastern side of Washington County is served by Norfolk Southern Rail that parallels Highway 43 throughout much of the county. Norfolk Southern Rail services industry along Highway 43 such as Ciba, Olin, PowerSouth, and soon, ThyssenKrupp in Mobile County. Additional information including maps may be viewed by visiting the Norfolk Southern website.
The Tombigbee Waterway boarders the eastern side of Washington County. As many as 14 states have benefited from using the waterway because it can save waterborne commerce as much as 800 miles in distance traveled between Mid-America and deep water ports along the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. For additional information and maps visit the Tombigbee Waterway website.
Washington County may be accessed by light aircraft at the Roy Wilcox Airport only 3 miles east of Chatom. The FAA Identifier for the Roy Wilcox Airport is 5R1. This 4000 ft. airstrip is not manned but is lighted dusk-dawn. The runway is 12 and 30.
Nearby airports with instrument approaches include:
- Bay Minette Municipal Airport (1R8) – 40 nm SE
- Butler –Choctaw County Airport (09A) – 40 nm N
- Mobile Regional Airport (KMOB) – 46 nm S
Additional information on local airports may be obtained by visiting the AIRNAV website.