MFD Runway Aprons and Taxilanes

Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport (MFD) is vital for travel and commerce throughout North Central Ohio. Located an hour from Columbus and Cleveland, this general aviation airfield is a crucial take-off and landing point. The airport’s two asphalt runways—a 9,001-foot-by-150-foot primary runway and a 6,795-foot-by-150-foot crosswind runway—effectively handle large commercial and military aircraft —and NASA craft such as the Super Guppy and Orion spacecraft. To ensure the continued safe operation of its airfield, the City of Mansfield sought to reconstruct and rehabilitate aprons and taxilanes after identifying pavement distresses and to prevent congestion at taxiway/taxilane intersections.

CHA provided design, bidding, grant management, construction administration, and observation services on several distinct projects and also developed a phasing plan to minimize impacts on the taxiways. All construction impacts were coordinated with the city, the Airport Manager, and the FAA from design through construction. Other accommodations included temporary changes to runway and taxi operations, detours for aircraft rescue and firefighting and other airport vehicles, maintenance of essential utilities, visibility of runway and taxiway visual aids, markings and signage, and controlled access routes. Upon completion, Apron A and Apron B will be reconstructed, Apron C will be rehabilitated, 7,050 linear feet of hanger taxilanes will be relocated and/or reconstructed, several new catch basins will be installed to address poor drainage conditions, two underground bio-retention cell areas will be installed to treat additional runoff, and new LED edge lighting and lighted signage will be installed.

Project summary

>10K sq. yd.

The 10,400-square-yard Apron A was reconstructed.


Three aprons will be reconstructed or rehabilitated.

>7K ft.

7,050 feet of taxilanes were relocated and/or reconstructed.

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Bill Barley, PE*

Bill Barley, PE*
Vice President, Business Practice Leader, Senior Principal Engineer

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Bill has over 35 years of experience in planning, design, and construction of public and private infrastructure projects. His technical specialty is airport planning, design, and construction management. Bill has directed, managed, and performed projects ranging from large multimillion-dollar airport expansion projects at major hub air carrier facilities to small general aviation airport improvement projects.