Montana to Illinois shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Helena to Chicago is a very heavily traveled route for freight transportation.
The Helena, MT to Chicago, IL shipping lane is a 1,445 mile haul that takes more than 22 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Montana to Illinois ranges from a minimum of 931 miles and 14 hours from Broadus, MT to Moline, IL, to over 1,878 miles and a minimum of 28 hours on the road from Trego, MT to Mounds, IL. The shortest route from Montana to Illinois is along the I-94 E; however, there is a more southerly route that uses the I-90 E traveling through Rapid City, SD.
Named after the Spanish for “mountainous country,” Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, many of which form part of the Rocky Mountains in the west of the state. Its unofficial nickname, Big Sky Country, refers to the huge expanses of flat open plains in the eastern part of Montana, which provide fertile ground for agriculture and ranching and cover 60% of the state’s territory.
The major cities of Montana include Missoula to the east, Billings in the south and Great Falls. State capital Helena, Butte and Bozeman are also major population centers. Thanks to its size, geography and the Continental Divide, the weather in Montana can vary dramatically. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the US was in Montana (-70ºF) and the valleys and mountains can attract fog that is difficult for even experienced Montana trucking companies to navigate.
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.
Montana to Illinois Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Montana is mainly agricultural and Illinois is mainly an industrial state, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Heavy Haul Trucking services are also common from Montana to Illinois. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.