Illinois to Colorado Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Chicago to Denver is a very heavily traveled route.
The Chicago, IL to Denver, CO shipping lane is a 1,004 mile haul that takes more than 15 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Colorado ranges from a minimum of 660 miles and 10 hours from Quincy, IL to Burlington, CO, to over 1,237 miles and a minimum of 18 hours on the road from Marshall, IL to Grand Junction, CO. The shortest route from Illinois to Colorado is along the I-80 W; however, there’s also a more southerly route that uses I-70 W, traveling through Kansas City, KS and Springfield, IL.
Illinois extends from Chicago on the west coast of Lake Michigan deep into the rural Midwest. Illinois borders the Great Lakes and there is a lot of freight coming into the Chicago ports. While Illinois is large, the state is flat and easy to traverse. Chicago has a vast amount of industrial companies that have commercial freight shipping needs to all points of the country and into Canada as well. Illinois has cold, snowy winters that can slow down and delay trucking through the state.
Thanks in part to its high elevation, Colorado’s weather patterns are largely dictated by the terrain of mountains and valleys, as well as arid plains. Its climate is generally semi-arid, with an alpine climate in the high mountains. Extreme weather is not uncommon, with heavy hailstorms and thunderstorms. Wildfires have become an increasingly severe problem, thanks to prolonged high temperatures and droughts in the plains.
The I-70 cuts across Colorado from east to west. Colorado trucking companies frequently carry goods along this route internally, connecting Fort Collins to Pueblo via Denver and Boulder. Colorado freight companies traveling east to west on I-70 (or northwest on I-76) also travel through the state capital of Denver in transit between Utah and Kansas. Colorado is well served by a network of state roads cutting through forests and the Rocky Mountains.
Illinois to Colorado Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois is largely Industrial and Colorado has booming agricultural, industrial, and service industries, with many food processing and distribution centers, and we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks.Illinois and Colorado are also running a number of Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.