Arcata/Samoa Beach Fiber Project (FH2)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT)
Document Title
Arcata/Samoa Beach Fiber Project (FH2)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Vero Fiber Networks, LLC (Vero) proposes to construct infrastructure for a broadband network that links a new data center in the City of Arcata with a transpacific cable system that connects to Singapore. This broadband line commences at the subsea cable beach landing site located along the coastline just south of the Community of Samoa and will be installed by trenchless methods to a new data center in the City of Arcata. To facilitate construction and maintenance, the line will be placed under the edge-of-traveled-way with manholes/underground vaults adjacent within the shoulder. The broadband infrastructure includes fiber optic cable and direct current power and ground cables. The installation of the fiber optic cable from the subsea landing station in Samoa to the data center in Arcata serves national, state, and local interests.

Contact Information

Alexandre S. Balcerzak
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation
Job Title
Associate Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Arcata, Samoa
Citywide, Northern California
State Highways
State Route (SR) 255
Arcata Bay
Other Location Info
SR 255 (Post Miles 2.012 to 8.467).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1: Existing Facilities (Section 15301)
Reasons for Exemption
State Route 255 is an existing facility. All proposed work is within the existing roadway prism. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) previously filed a Notice of Exemption for the proposed work.


Notice of Exemption

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