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Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to connect the project’s natural gas service lines to the new mains. They anticipate completion this summer.
Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. On the soft surfaces such as boulevards and lawns, various erosion control measures keep the restored area moist, hold seed in the soil, and enhance seed germination. If an erosion blanket is needed it is secured in place with staples. The mesh is a wood fiber that will completely degrade. Prior to mowing the restored area, remove any loose staples that secured the blanket.
By Monday, June 14, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will have replaced the project’s natural gas mains. When the mains are replaced, the crews will begin connecting the natural gas service lines to the new main.
The construction crews and personnel will continue to use the Covid-19 Customer Permission Flyer, which requests customer permission prior to entering homes. Personnel, contractors and CenterPoint Energy employees will continue to practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitary practices and wearing face masks when entering customer homes.
The customer will receive a CenterPoint Energy postcard in the mail typically within one or two weeks prior to the day when the Michels Corporation crews will perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs stating that they are employees of Michels Corporation.
After the customer receives the postcard, the foreman will arrive at the customer’s house to schedule an appointment that typically meets with the customer’s schedule. If the customer isn’t home when he arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.
Customers are advised to set aside a two- to four-hour time frame for the inside-to-outside gas meter move. They are also advised to mark their privately-installed utilities such as dog fences or sprinklers. Marking can be accomplished with tools such as spray paint or utility flags. The foreman will access the natural gas meter inside the house, move the meter outside, and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.
Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains. Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition.
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced one fourth of the project’s natural gas mains. They anticipate finishing the main replacements by June 9. When the main is replaced, the crews will connect the natural gas service lines to the new main.
Beginning in late May and lasting into summer 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Apple Valley along the following streets: Garland Avenue from Gannon Way to north of 142nd Street W.; Garrett Avenue north of 142nd Street W.; 142nd Street W. between Garrett Avenue and Galaxie Avenue; and Galaxie Court and Upper 143rd Court W. at Galaxie Avenue.
While Michels Corporation will replace two natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the first of the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Lane closures will occur on Galaxie Avenue from Galaxie Court to 142nd Street W. Sidewalk closures on Galaxie Avenue will alternate to maintain pedestrian access. On the project’s other streets, no closures are expected.
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