Newell Fiber Optic Installation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 2 (DOT)
Document Title
Newell Fiber Optic Installation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Cal-Ore Telephone, a local telephone company, plans on installing new fiber optic cable and vaults on the west side of Highway 139 near Newell California, within the Caltrans Right-of Way (ROW). The new cable will be installed adjacent to an existing cable installed in 1989 west of Highway 139. The alignment of the new cable within the Caltrans ROW is approximately 4 miles in length and runs from the intersection of County Road 120 and Highway 139 south to the intersection of County Road 140 (Old Alturas Highway) and Highway 139. The alignment is located entirely within the Caltrans ROW with exception of a small segment of cable (approximately 120 feet) near the center of the alignment. The majority of the length of the installation will be underground. Approximately 305 feet of the installation will be aerial and will be installed on existing poles.

Contact Information

Emiliano Pro
Agency Name
Caltrans, District 2
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
State Route 139 from approximately post mile 40.61 to 44.19.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15303 - Class 3
Reasons for Exemption
The California Department of Transportation has determined the project to be categorically exempt in accordance with Section 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures) Class 3 - Construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. The proposed project would not have a significant effect on the environment.


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