Blackstone Smart Mobility - McKinley Avenue to Shields Avenue


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Fresno
Document Title
Blackstone Smart Mobility - McKinley Avenue to Shields Avenue
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed Blackstone Smart Mobility between McKinley Avenue and Shields Avenue Project (project) includes acquisition of right-of-way (ROW) and construction of a multimodal roadway improvement project along a 1-mile segment of Blackstone Avenue between McKinley Avenue and Shields Avenue in the central portion of the city of Fresno. The project would reduce the number of lanes along the northbound and southbound segment of Blackstone Avenue from three lanes to two lanes to allow for the installation of a protected Class IV bike lane in each direction. The Class IV bike lanes would be separated from the existing travel lanes with new marking and conflicting green zones. The project also includes installation of new curb ramps and sidewalks, median nose adjustments, construction of bus platforms for Bus Rapid Transit stations, relocation of one storm drain inlet, pavement reconstruction, slurry seal, traffic signal modifications, new signage, and striping. Implementation of the project would require five ROW acquisitions for the construction of new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curbs. The project would not require the demolition or removal of existing buildings or structures from parcels proposed for ROW acquisition. The project would also require two temporary construction easements and three permanent pedestrian easements.

Contact Information

Isaac Campos
Agency Name
City of Fresno
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Blackstone Ave between McKinley Ave to Shields Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 - Existing Facilities (Class 1)
Reasons for Exemption
A Class 1 Categorical Exemption consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing use. Examples include existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities (this includes road grading for the purpose of public safety), as well as other alterations such as the addition of bicycle facilities, including, but not limited to, bicycle parking, share facilities, and lanes and transit improvements such as bus lanes, pedestrian crossings, street trees, and other similar alterations that do not create additional automobile lanes. The proposed project would be consistent with the provisions of a Class 1 Categorical Exemption because it would be limited to the acquisition of ROW and construction of a multimodal roadway improvement project along an existing roadway and would not increase the number of vehicle travel lanes or the capacity of the roadway. In addition, the project would not result in potentially significant environmental impacts associated with its location, cumulative impacts, scenic resources, hazardous waste sites, historical resources, energy demand, or otherwise have the potential to result in a significant effect.
County Clerk


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