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

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.