I-15 Middle-Mile Broadband CMGC

California's Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative (MMBI) is a statewide program to create open-access, middle-mile network infrastructure to bring high-speed broadband service to unserved and underserved communities. In 2021-22, the California State Legislature allocated $7B over three years as part of a plan to expand broadband infrastructure, increase affordability, and enhance access to broadband for all Californians. This project is part of the larger body of 39 projects grouped into 18 locations that comprise the initiative's scope.

Myers & Sons partnered with Ferreira Construction to pursue this CMGC project with Mission Critical as the Pursuit Manager. The Myers-Ferreira team was one of four shortlisted against a field of nine firms submitting. Although Ferreira Construction is a new client of Mission Critical, this is the 11th alternative delivery shortlist or direct project award for Myers + Mission Critical since 2014.

This District 11 project includes the installation of over 100 miles of broadband conduit and fiber in San Diego and Riverside Counties on Interstate 15 and State Routes 76, 78, 79, and 371 as part of the Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative. Scope includes broadband installation using trenching, plowing, Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), and direct-attach methods for structures, vault and hub construction, pavement, and landscaping rehabilitation.

In addition to this shortlist, Mission Critical has delivered strong success in Caltrans’ Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative procurements with our recent collaboration and win with the Middle Mile Constructors (MMC) team for the $112M District 8 CMGC Group 1 Middle-Mile Broadband Network project.

Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative (MMBI) Program Summary

Middle-Mile Broadband Networks (MMBNs) are open access, publicly owned, high-capacity fiber optic corridors connecting regional networks. Middle-Mile corridors connect to “last mile” broadband providers to connect homes, communities, businesses, and public institutions. Because middle-mile infrastructures use fiber optic rather than traditional copper lines, data transmission speeds and capacity significantly increase.  

In July 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 156, which provided an initial $3.25B to build the necessary infrastructure to bring equitable high-speed broadband service to all Californians. Overall, California has committed a $7B investment over three years to expand broadband infrastructure across the state.

The Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative (MMBI) will cover 8,100 miles of new broadband conduit and fiber installation to connect underserved cities, tribal communities, and regions with last-mile providers.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) leads the overall statewide effort. Caltrans is managing the construction of the middle-mile infrastructure along state highways and rights of way using several approaches, including Job Order Contracting (JOC) and Construction Manager / General Contractor (CMGC). CDT’s goal is for 100% of the systems to be under contract by May 2023. Caltrans is issuing 39 projects grouped into 18 locations using JOC and CMGC procurements. As of October 2022, Caltrans has released 60% of these contracts for bid.

Key Information

Myers & Sons Construction, LLC
Ferreira Construction Co., Inc.
STC Traffic, Inc.

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