Blaine – 125th Avenue NE from North Lake Boulevard to Lexington Avenue NE

Scheduled Start Date: November 15, 2021

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Project Resources

  • If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or number 99728987.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From mid-November 2021 to summer 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Blaine along 125th Avenue NE between Harpers Street NE and Lexington Avenue NE. While Michels Corporation will replace two natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.

In November, Michels Corporation replaced one of the project’s natural gas mains. This was large-diameter steel main. From late November to mid-December, the crew will replace the small-diameter plastic main. In spring 2022, the crew will return to connect the new plastic main to the existing intersecting mains. They will also connect the service lines to the new mains and move any inside meters outside.

For most of the project’s duration, lane shifts will occur. Flaggers may be on site to help direct traffic. For a limited time, the crew will close the right-turn lane at the intersection of 125th Avenue NE and Lexington Avenue NE. Drivers can’t turn right from southbound Lexington Avenue NE to westbound 125th Avenue NE. Detour signs will lead drivers south on Lexington Avenue NE, west on 109th Avenue NE, and north on Radisson Road NE. 

What should I expect for restoration?

This season, Q3 Contracting will put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition.

On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed. 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.

For photo examples, please visit our Restoration Practices page.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?

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.

What if I have an inside gas meter?

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 they 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.