The Ohio Turnpike -- Interstate 80/90 -- is considered a key asset for Erie County to attract advanced manufacturers, according to an economic study.
"We're very well positioned," Erie County commissioner Tom Ferrell said. "That's the key to marketing this community."
The interstate's proximity to Sandusky is a significant advantage because it provides convenient and expedient transportation of goods for advanced manufacturers, said Mark Litten, executive director of the Erie County Economic Development Corp.
"We happen to be on one of the busiest interstate highways," he said. "It gives us access to bigger markets, regional economies."
The six-lane interstate is 13 miles south of Sandusky and connects the Lake Erie town to major cities including Cleveland and Toledo.
Heading west, the turnpike intersects with Interstate 75, which carries traffic north to Detroit and south through Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia to the Florida border.
Erie County has two highways providing access to the turnpike -- U.S. 250 and Ohio 4.
North of the turnpike, Ohio 2 also provides access to Cleveland and Toledo.