CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors, Michels Corporation and Q3 Contracting, anticipate finishing the 2022 portion of the project’s work in the week of December 12. This includes replacing the last of the project’s natural gas lines and putting down winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. The winter erosion control may consist of temporary asphalt on areas that were previously concrete, and hydromulch or straw netting on boulevards and lawns. In 2023, Q3 Contracting will return for permanent restoration. We appreciate your patience and wish you a great holiday season.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in early October, lasting into November, and potentially resuming in spring 2023, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Park of Four Seasons in Blaine. Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains this fall and connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains in spring. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. During this time, parking closures may occur.

Customers will be notified prior to the connection of the service lines to the new mains. 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.

Customers are 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.

What should I expect during soft surface restoration?

Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition. Depending on the weather, Q3 Contracting may put down temporary restoration, such as asphalt on previously concrete surfaces and winter erosion control on boulevards and lawns, before returning in 2023 to permanently restore these areas.

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.