A city in a rural setting, offering a choice of two lifestyles - that of country living and big city life.
Port Allen is strategically located between Interstate 10 and US Highway 190 on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Port Allen is the governmental center of West Baton Rouge Parish, and offers many goods and services to its residents and others located in rural areas of the parish.
Having taken pride in its schools, Port Allen keeps tradition and high technology working in harmony. Several of Port Allen's schools have undergone significant renovations. Port Allen Middle School has recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constant updating of academic programs prepare Port Allen's young people to meet the new century with open arms.
An excellent transportation system of highways, bridges, railroads, and navigable waterways enable the City of Port Allen to flourish.
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge, head of deepwater navigation on the Mississippi River, serves barges and ocean-going vessels with excellent import and export facilities for all types of cargo, ranging from grain to paper products, chemicals, manufactured goods, bulk ores and petroleum products. In addition, the Port's status as a Foreign Trade Zone makes it an economic value center of international commerce for the city and parish.The Port Allen Lock provides river barges and other vessel access to the Intracoastal Waterway, shortening the distance to the Gulf of Mexico by approximately 120 miles. The Lock‚s free-floating structure is the largest of its kind, as it serves as a man-made break in the levee. Small manufacturing and service distribution centers are located in Port Allen's industrial park, Westport.
Port Allen is serviced by Interstate 10 and US Highway 190, both of which intersect with LA Highways 1 and 415. The Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific and Canadian National Railroads service the area, with reciprocal switching and piggy back services available. Terminal facilities within the parish area are available for motor freight carriers.
Located just eight miles from Port Allen, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport offers services from several commercial airlines. United Parcel Service, Federal Express, and Airborne parcel pick-up and delivery services are also available in downtown Port Allen.