​​​​​​​​Project Status - Bloomington and Richfield - Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road

8/16/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 36.1 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details:

  • On Nicollet Avenue, the crews have opened the intersections of 73rd Street and 98th Street.
  • The crews are working along the east (northbound) side of Nicollet Avenue between 96th Street and 98th Street and have shifted traffic to the west side.
  • The crews have closed 72nd Street and 75th Street.



8/7/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 31 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details:

98th Street and Nicollet Avenue
  • Today on Tuesday, August 7, the crews are removing the previous lane closures and closing the median lanes of Nicollet Avenue north of 98th Street. Westbound traffic on 98th Street will be shifted left using the furthest south-westbound lane.
73rd, 74th, 75th and 76th Streets and Nicollet Avenue
  • The crews have opened 74th Street and 76th Street. Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will restore 74th Street, which currently has gravel.
  • The crews have currently closed from 73rd Street and 75th Street.



7/31/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 28.2 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. There are currently two crews working at the same time in different places along the construction route. Below are the construction details:

74th and 75th Streets and Nicollet Avenue
  • As the crews continue to work north along Nicollet Avenue from 77th Street to 67th Street in Richfield, the crews will be closing only two intersections at a time. As they progress, they will reopen one intersection and close another.
  • Currently the crews have closed the intersections of 74th Street and 75th Street going eastbound and westbound at Nicollet Avenue. Drivers can still go north and south on Nicollet Avenue in these areas.
  • Toward the end of the week of August 6, the crews will reopen 75th Street and close the intersection of 73rd Street going eastbound and westbound at Nicollet Avenue.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are paving 76th and 77th Streets at Nicollet Avenue, following the Michels Corporation crews.

98th Street and Nicollet Avenue
  • By the end of the day tomorrow on Wednesday, August 1, crews from Michels Corporation will be removing the current traffic plan along the median lanes of Nicollet Avenue just south of 98th Street.
  • Beginning on Thursday, August 2, the crews will be working in the intersection of 98th Street and Nicollet Avenue. Drivers can go north on Nicollet Avenue and east and west on 98th Street. However, drivers can’t turn left from any direction. They also can’t go south on Nicollet Avenue; they can only turn right from southbound Nicollet Avenue onto westbound 98th Street. Detour signs will be placed on site. 



7/20/2018
  • From Wednesday, July 25, to approximately 3 to 7 business days later, crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be working on Nicollet Avenue just south of 98th Street. There will be a lane shift on 98th Street and another on Nicollet Avenue. Two-way traffic will be maintained on both streets.
  • After the lane shift is done, the crews will work in the intersection of 98th Street and Nicollet Avenue while maintaining traffic from all directions. There will be lane shifts in this area.
  • Meanwhile, Michels Corporation’s current closure on American Boulevard and 2nd Avenue will remain the same until Monday, July 30, to allow for restoration to be done by Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor. 



7/17/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 24 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. The traffic details published below from 7/10/2018 will remain the same. The only two exceptions are the following:  

  • The crews are maintaining two-way traffic on 77th Street with at least one lane in each direction. This closure will remain in place until after crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have restored the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction. This closure will last for approximately the next two weeks.
  • While the crews are continuing to work on the eastbound and westbound lanes at 75th Street until the end of July, they will also be working this Saturday, July 21, in the same area to accommodate their schedule. 



7/10/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 21 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details for this update:

American Boulevard
  • Currently the crews are working along the median lanes of American Boulevard between Stevens Avenue and 2nd Avenue. This will remain in place until the morning of Thursday, July 12. During that time, crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will restore the median lanes affected by Michels Corporation’s construction.
  • Beginning in the morning of July 12, the crews will work in the northern (westbound) lanes of American Boulevard, still between Stevens Avenue and 2nd Avenue.
  • For the next three weeks, the crews have closed 2nd Avenue just north of American Boulevard. The local businesses have been notified by CenterPoint Energy personnel of this upcoming closure. Detour signs have been placed on site, leading drivers to 2nd Avenue from Nicollet Avenue, 78th Street and 5th Avenue or Portland Avenue.

Nicollet Avenue
  • Northbound and southbound access on Nicollet Avenue will remain open for the duration of CenterPoint Energy’s project.
  • The crews have opened eastbound and westbound traffic on 76th Street at Nicollet Avenue.
  • Beginning tomorrow on Tuesday, July 11, the eastbound and westbound lanes at 75th Street will be closed for the next few weeks until approximately the end of July.
  • Further construction is being performed by Hennepin County and the City of Richfield along 66th Street at Nicollet Avenue. For more information on the county’s “66th Street Reconstruction” project or the city’s “66th Street Reconstruction” project, please visit each project’s respective website. 



7/3/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 19 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Construction will be suspended on Wednesday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day. Construction will resume on Thursday, July 5.
  • The crews are continuing to shift traffic on eastbound American Boulevard between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue. The closure has been extended to July 8 or 15. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the other side of American Boulevard during this closure. The dates may be subject to change depending on weather and the crews’ progress.
  • The remaining details from our update on 6/15/2018 remain the same.



6/15/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 13.9 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Curre​ntly the crews have closed 1st Avenue between American Boulevard and 81st Street. This closure has been extended to July 15 to allow for the natural gas main installation.
  • F​rom Monday, June 18, to Saturday, June 30, the crews will be shifting traffic on eastbound American Boulevard between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue. Pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the other side of American Boulevard during this closure. 



6/1/2018
Crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, are making progress in CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Fr​om Monday, June 4, to Saturday, June 23, the crews will be closing 1st Avenue from 81st Street to American Boulevard to through traffic. Businesses and residents will have access to and from their locations. The crews will notify the businesses and residents of the upcoming construction. Detour signs will be posted on site. 



5/29/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 8 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. In the 5/22/2018 update published below, the traffic control plans and construction progress will remain the same.  



5/22/2018
Crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, have installed 7 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Two-way traffic is being maintained on E. 77th Street.
  • Beginning in the evening of Friday, June 1, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4, the crews will fully close the intersection of 2nd Avenue S. and E. 77th Street. Detour routes will be posted on site.
  • In Bloomington, 2nd Avenue S. is still closed to through traffic at American Boulevard E. but open to local businesses via E. 78th Street. 


5/15/2018
 
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 3.2 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. The updates published below from 5/9/2018 and 5/1/2018 will remain the same.  


5/9/2018
CenterPoint Energy is making progress in its Nicollet Avenue Belt Line project. Below are the construction details for this update: 

  • From May 17 to May 20, 2nd Ave. S. will be closed at E. 76th St. The east driveways along 2nd Ave. S. will be accessible. The west driveways along 2nd Ave. S. will need to park along the east curb of 2nd Ave. S.
  • From 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, E. 77th St. will be closed between Nicollet Ave. and Portland Ave. Access to local businesses will be open. 


5/1/2018
Today on Tuesday, May 1, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors, Michels Corporation and Q3 Contracting, have begun setting up traffic control devices in Richfield and Bloomington for CenterPoint Energy’s Nicollet Avenue belt line project. Below are the construction details for this update:

E. 77th Street
  • The crews will be shifting two-way traffic into the southern lanes of E. 77th Street between Nicollet Avenue and 2nd Avenue S. This will take place beginning tomorrow on Wednesday, May 2, and lasting until mid to late June 2018. During this time, Michels Corporation will install the belt line pipeline. Q3 Contracting will also restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation when the pipeline installation is complete in this area. (Please see our Map of CenterPoint Energy's Construction on Nicollet Avenue S., 2nd Avenue S. and E. 77th Street​.)

2nd Avenue N. (south of I-494)
  • In addition to construction along E. 77th Street, construction will also take place along 2nd Avenue S. Access to the Bright Stars Learning Center’s parking lot via the south entrance will remain open during construction. The north entrance will be closed during construction. (Please refer to the aforementioned map.)
  • The equipment in front of the center will create noise typical with this type of construction. Weekday construction hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This construction has been approved by the City of Bloomington.
  • Constr​uction will begin tomorrow on May 2 and will last for three to four weeks. During this time, Michels Corporation will be installing the pipeline under I-494 by performing directional drilling. When the installation is finished, the pipeline will be installed in the public right of way along 2nd Avenue S. from American Boulevard E. to E. 77th Street. Q3 Contracting will also restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation when the pipeline installation is complete in this area.


4/11/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s Open House at Bloomington Public Works Training Room​

Personnel from CenterPoint Energy and the City of Bloomington will be holding an open house meeting to answer questions from the public regarding CenterPoint Energy’s project. The meeting will be held at the City of Bloomington's Public Works Training Room on Tuesday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.​ This open house will also discuss CenterPoint Energy’s other 2018 Bloomington Belt Line project, which will occur along E. 102nd Street, Portland Avenue S. and E. Old Shakopee Road​.​


4/11/2018
 
 
 

CenterPoint Energy’s Open House at Richfield Community Center

Personnel from CenterPoint Energy and the City of Richfield will be holding an open house meeting to answer questions from the public regarding CenterPoint Energy’s project. The meeting will be held at the Richfield Community Center at 7000 Nicollet Avenue on Thursday, April 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.​

​The City of Rich​field and Hennepin County will be performing construction along 66th Street between Humboldt Avenue S. and Portland Avenue S. from approximately late March to November 2018. For more information on the two projects, please visit the city’s and county’s respective websites:


3/30/2018​​


Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy doing construction?

  • CenterPoint Energy’s contractor, Minnesota Limited, will begin replacing the natural gas Belt Line system in Richfield and Bloomington along Nicollet Avenue S. from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road. (See the Map of Construction.)
  • CenterPoint Energy’s construction is expected to begin by late April and will last into October 2018. Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page​.
  • Work will occur along the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue, starting at the I-494 corridor and progressing in segments from I-494 going north and south along the construction route.
  • Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions and road closures are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.
  • The crew​s will restore the disturbed areas affected by our work outside the county construction zone. This may consist of lawn restoration and sidewalk or street restoration as work dictates.​​

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience.