District 9 Middle-Mile Broadband Network Project 3


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT)
Document Title
District 9 Middle-Mile Broadband Network Project 3
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project would include the installation of approximately 29.717 miles of broadband infrastructure in Kern County. This project will support a middle-mile network as part of a statewide commitment to deliver 3,000 miles of broadband infrastructure within the State Highway System (SHS). Work will include the installation of subsurface Broadband conduit and fiber as well as the installation of underground vaults approximately every 2,400 feet. All work will take place within 30-feet of Caltrans rights-of-way. The areas of project impact in most areas will be limited to the existing paved surfaces, disturbed shoulders, and maintained Caltrans right-of-way.

Contact Information

Kristopher Bason
Agency Name
Caltrans District 9
Job Title
Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Southern California
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code section 21080.51
Reasons for Exemption
In July 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 156 to create an open access middle-mile network to bring equitable high-speed broadband service to all Californians. This project qualifies as a Statutory Exemption as defined by Public Resources Code section 21080.51. The proposed scope of work as described is exempt from CEQA.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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