Middle-Mile Broadband Network

The focus of this project is to build the broadband infrastructure to ensure all Californians have affordable high-speed internet access in homes, businesses and community institutions. The goal is to improve access to education, health services and employment opportunities throughout California.

Caltrans is working in partnership with the California Department of Technology (CDT) to construct the middle-mile broadband network. The primary scope includes approximately 140 miles of broadband conduit and fiber installation and maintenance of high-volume traffic on I-15 and SR 76, 78, 79, 371 and local roads during construction. Additional elements include trenching, pavement rehab, landscaping and vault and hub construction.

The Project is located in the counties of San Diego and Riverside at various locations/segments (see location diagram below).

Project Location - Escondido, California

(Project Map Figure from CMGC NOMINATION FACT SHEET 11-SD-Var (76,78,79) document)

Project Schedule

Design Complete (95%): January 2024 (SR78)

Anticipated Guaranteed Max Price: May 2024 (SR 78)

Estimated Construction NTP: July 2024 (SR78)

Estimated Project Completion: Q4 2026



Caltrans will award this construction contract using a construction manager/general contractor (CMGC) delivery method. CMGC will support innovation to ensure schedule and cost risk reductions. Under this method, the Construction Manager will collaborate with the Owner and Designer -consulting during design phase and supporting the pre-construction phase. CM will bid to build the project when design is complete and if selected, the CM becomes GC for construction phase.

The Team


Kiewit and our partners are committed to supplier diversity, workforce development and community engagement. We aim to create meaningful contract opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses, launch/enhance careers for San Diego residents and be good neighbors to the surrounding community.


The Project has a 25% SBE requirement and a 3% DVBE goal.

Kiewit actively identifies and engages diverse, historically underutilized, and disadvantaged business enterprises for a broad range of services that will bring additional value to our clients and projects.

In addition to pricing, we evaluate companies on criteria based on specific project requirements. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Safety performance
  • Proven quality
  • Certification
  • On-time performance
  • Years in business
  • Reputation
  • Insurance and bonding capability
  • Past performance with Kiewit or Client
  • Value-added products or services


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Construction Scopes of Work may include but are not limited to:

  • AC milling
  • AC patch
  • Bridge attachments
  • Certified biologist
  • Erosion control
  • Fiber install
  • Fiber testing
  • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD)
  • Survey
  • Sweeper
  • Traffic control
  • Trucking

Potential Material Contracts

  • Bridge connections
  • Cement Slurry backfill


We encourage qualified firms to stay informed and submit their interest in being part of our team.

To help us understand your capabilities, bidding interests and ensure you’re notified about upcoming project opportunities, complete the following:

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We appreciate hearing from prospective firms, employees and community members. Please contact us with questions or comments:

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Kiewit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Kiewit es un Empleador que defiende la igualdad de Oportunidades de Empleo. Las decisiones relativas a empleo se toman sin ninguna consideración hacia factores tales como raza, color, religión, origen nacional o étnico, sexo, orientación sexual, identidad o expresión sexual, edad, discapacidad, estatus de veterano protegido u otras características protegidas por ley.