The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to install (4), 2-inch conduits in a 2 feet to 6 feet deep trench along State Route 99 from post mile 28.2 to 37.3 in Merced County, to allow for the installation of a fiber optic line as part of the Broadband Middle Mile Network. There are three proposed methods to install the conduit in this project (open trench, trenching in the pavement, and horizontal directional drilling). It is proposed to use one of three methods to convey the conduit through bridge locations namely attach the conduit to the outside of the bridge barrier, hang the conduit from the soffit of the bridge or place the conduits into the structure cell. Vaults will be spaced out at intervals not to exceed 2,500 feet and fiber optic cable splices approximately at 12,500 feet. Maintenance vehicle pullouts are also proposed to access the vaults. All work will be performed within Caltrans Right-of-Way. This project is exempt, by statute, from CEQA due to Section 21080.51 of the California Public Resources Code.