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


12/12/2018

  • CenterPoint Energy finished all 2018 work for its natural gas Belt Line system in Richfield and Bloomington along Nicollet Avenue S. from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road. 
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have finished temporarily restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction. As stated below, permanent restoration will happen in the spring or summer 2019. Any boulevards or lawns that have received hydroseed will receive black dirt and seed. Any areas that received temporary asphalt will receive permanent materials. 
  • Please check our Construction Zone page for upcoming projects. We appreciate your patience during the construction season and wish you a Happy Holiday season!



11/19/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s 2018 construction season is drawing to a close. We would like to say thank you for your patience as we continue to modernize our system to continue to provide reliable natural gas service. We strive to restore streets and grass disturbed by CenterPoint Energy to as close as possible to their original states, and are committed to completing restoration work quickly, and to a high standard in compliance with all laws.
 
Note: If you have already received permanent restoration, you may disregard this notice.
 
Temporary asphalt on sidewalks
As CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, is finishing pipeline work for the 2018 season, crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. As winter is approaching, Q3 Contracting is beginning to lay down temporary restoration for the hard and soft surfaces. In Bloomington, the crews are replacing previously concrete sidewalk panels with temporary asphalt. (See image below.) These panels will receive permanent concrete in spring or summer 2019. 



On the roads, drivers will see the permanent base, which will receive mill and overlay in 2019. (See image below.) These restoration efforts will be at no cost to the resident. We appreciate your patience.


 
Winter erosion control for lawns
When temperatures aren’t conducive for planting grass, Q3 Contracting will apply winter erosion control called hydromulch (otherwise known as hydroseed). The crews apply hydromulch by spraying it onto the affected areas. Sometimes the crews place netting with hydromulch to keep the soil together. Hydromulch is safe for pets to touch, but CenterPoint Energy recommends leaving it alone until the crews return in the spring. (See image below.) Permanent soft-surface restoration involves the crews’ placing black dirt and planting grass seed in the affected areas. Any holes created by CenterPoint Energy’s crews in boulevards during construction will be backfilled with dirt and sprayed with hydromulch in cold weather. In spring, Q3 Contracting will return to place black dirt and grass seed in these areas. 





11/13/2018

Below are the construction details for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are performing the final work on CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas main, including activating the new main.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have restored the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction in the Richfield portion of the project.
  • The crews are continuing to restore the Bloomington portion of the project. By approximately the end of November, the crews plan to finish restoration in Bloomington. 



11/8/2018

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have installed approximately 99 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:

  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have milled Nicollet Avenue between 88th Street and 98th Street. They are also restoring the other areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction.
Important notice on closure on Nicollet Ave. from 86th to 87th Streets
  • CenterPoint Energy is nearing completion of its pipeline replacement work on Nicollet Avenue. As part of this project, Michels Corporation will be installing natural gas main across Nicollet Avenue between 86th St. and 87th Street. To accommodate the project’s deadline, the crews will close this area from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, to approx. 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 12. Detour signs will lead drivers onto 86th Street, Lyndale Avenue and 90th Street. During this closure, crews from Q3 Contracting will restore these areas affected by Michels Corporation.
  • CenterPoint Energy has secured appropriate permits from Hennepin County and the City of Bloomington. We want to thank our customers for their patience during the project. 



10/30/2018

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have installed 94.5 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Any changes in the crews’ progress will be subject to factors such as weather and/or the availability of materials. Below are the construction details:

Richfield
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation, especially along Nicollet Avenue at 70th Street and 74th Street. The crews anticipate finishing these areas of restoration within the week of November 5, unless otherwise noted.

Bloomington
  • Crews from Michels Corporation are continuing to install the natural gas main. One crew is working south from 81st Street. Another crew is working north from 82nd Street. A third crew is working south from 86th Street.
  • The crews have closed the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at 81st Street, 82nd Street, 86th Street and 89th Street. 86th Street is anticipated to be open early in the week of November 5.
  • The northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at 83rd Street, 84th Street and 85th Street are temporarily open until Q3 Contracting permanently restores these areas. The northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at 88th Street are permanently open.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting have restored the concrete sidewalks and curbs along the east side of Nicollet Avenue up to 90th Street. The crews are restoring the soft surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s construction in this area.
  • During the week of November 5, the crews will pave Nicollet Avenue between 87th Street and 98th Street. They will restore the two northbound lanes before restoring the two southbound lanes. During this time, two-way traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction.

Important notice on early morning work
  • From Tuesday, November 6, to Friday, November 9, Q3 Contracting will be replacing segments of Nicollet Avenue’s pavement between 95th Street and 99th Street. To accommodate the project’s deadline, this work will take place between 5:00 a.m. and the start of the school day. CenterPoint Energy has secured appropriate permits from Hennepin County and the City of Bloomington.
  • The work will first take place in the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue, then in the southbound lanes. Two-way traffic will be maintained where possible. Please be aware of detour signs. We want to thank our customers for their patience during the project.



10/23/2018

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have installed 88.8 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. Any changes in the crews’ progress will be subject to factors such as weather and/or the availability of materials. Below are the construction details:

Richfield
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have milled and paved Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to 77th Street. Many of the traffic barriers associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work in this area will be picked up this week.
  • At the intersection of 70th Street, the crews will temporarily close the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue to accommodate the crews’ restoration work.
  • For approximately the next few weeks, the crews will close the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at the intersection of 74th Street. The crews will maintain two-way traffic in the southbound lanes. During this closure, drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 74th Street, and they can’t turn onto Nicollet Avenue from 74th Street.   
  • Along the construction route in Richfield, the crews are continuing to restore the sidewalk panels affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
Bloomington
  • Today on Tuesday, October 23, Q3 Contracting will restore the island at Nicollet Avenue and 95th Street.
  • Starting today on October 23, Michels Corporation will close the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at the intersections of 81st Street and 83rd Street. The crews will maintain two-way traffic in the southbound lanes. During this closure, drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 81st Street or 83rd Street, and they can’t turn onto Nicollet Avenue from 81st Street or 83rd Street.  
  • The northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at 84th Street and 85th Street are temporarily open with asphalt and gravel respectively. In the near future, Q3 Contracting will return to permanently restore these areas. During that time, the northbound lanes in that area will be temporarily closed to accommodate the restoration.
  • Beginning on Thursday, October 25, Michels Corporation will temporarily close the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at 86th Street to accommodate the natural gas main installation.
  • During the week of October 15, Q3 Contracting paved Nicollet Avenue from 98th Street to 92nd Street.
  • During the week of October 22, the crews are paving Nicollet Avenue from 92nd Street to 90th Street.
  • During the week of October 29, the crews will pave Nicollet Avenue from 90th Street to 87th Street. 


10/17/2018

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have installed 81 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:

Richfield
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are continuing to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction.
Bloomington
  • At the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 88th Street, the crews have closed the northbound lanes while maintaining two-way traffic in the southbound lanes. During this closure, drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 88th Street, and they can’t turn onto Nicollet Avenue from 88th Street.
  • Currently the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 89th Street is open. In the near future, Q3 Contracting will restore the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue at 89th Street. During this time, the northbound lanes will be closed and two-way traffic will be shifted into the southbound lanes. Drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 89th Street, and they can’t turn onto Nicollet Avenue from 89th Street.
  • All the lanes at the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 90th Street are restored and open.



10/11/2018

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have installed 75 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project.

Richfield
  • During the week of October 8, crews from Michels Corporation are installing the final of the natural gas main on the Richfield side of the project.
  • The details about the progress of restoration in Richfield will remain the same according to the update published on October 4, 2018.
Bloomington
  • Crews from Michels Corporation are currently working along Nicollet Avenue between 89th Street and 90th Street, working north. By Friday, October 12, the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 90th Street will have been restored and opened by Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor.
  • Into the week of October 15, the intersection of 89th Street and Nicollet Avenue will be closed going eastbound onto 89th Street. Detour signs will be on site. Northbound and southbound traffic will remain open.
  • The intersection of 85th Street and Nicollet Avenue will be closed going eastbound onto 85th Street for approximately a few weeks. Detour signs will be on site. Northbound and southbound traffic will remain open.



10/4/2018

Michels Corporation has installed 70 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 project’s details: 

Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are currently restoring the hard surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s work in Richfield and Bloomington. The following dates are subject to change based on the weather and the crews’ progress:

Richfield
  • The intersections of 68th Street and 69th Street along Nicollet Avenue are currently open.
  • During the weeks of October 1 and 8, the crews will be putting a layer of concrete on Nicollet Avenue between 67th Street and 70th Street. The intersection of 70th Street will be open within the week of October 8.
  • Tomorrow on Friday, October 5, the crews will be putting a layer of blacktop on Nicollet Avenue between 70th Street and 72nd Street.
  • On Monday, October 15, the crews will be milling Nicollet Avenue between 67th Street and 77th Street. The intersection of 74th Street will be open within the week of October 15.
  • Within the week of October 15 or 22, crews from Q3 Contracting plan to finish the hard surface restoration on the Richfield side of CenterPoint Energy’s belt line project.
Bloomington
  • Crews from Michels Corporation are currently installing the natural gas main along Nicollet Avenue between 87th Street and 90th Street. The crews have currently closed cross traffic going eastbound and westbound at 85th Street. Detour signs are posted on site.
  • During the weeks of October 1 and 8, crews from Q3 Contracting will be restoring Nicollet Avenue between 93rd Street and 94th Street.
  • Tomorrow on Friday, October 5, the crews will be putting a layer of blacktop on Nicollet Avenue between 94th Street and 95th Street.
  • Until late in the week of October 8, drivers cannot turn onto 90th Street from Nicollet Avenue.
  • Within the week of October 22, the crews will have finished the hard surface restoration along Nicollet Avenue between 95th Street and 98th Street.



9/27/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 64 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project.

Richfield
  • Along Nicollet Avenue, drivers cannot turn onto 68th Street, 69th Street and 72nd Street.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are currently restoring the hard surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s work along Nicollet Avenue and its intersections up to 71st Street.
Bloomington
  • The intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 92nd Street is open.
  • Beginning on Wednesday, September 26, drivers cannot turn onto 91st Street from Nicollet Avenue for approximately one week.
  • Beginning on Friday, September 28, for approximately one week, drivers cannot turn onto 90th Street from Nicollet Avenue.  



9/18/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 61 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project.

Richfield
  • The intersections of 68th Street, 69th Street and 70th Street along Nicollet Avenue are open.
  • From Nicollet Avenue, drivers currently cannot turn eastbound onto 72nd Street and 74th Street.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are restoring the hard surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s work along Nicollet Avenue and its intersections up to 71st Street.
Bloomington
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting are restoring the hard surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s work along Nicollet Avenue between 94th Street and 96th Street.
  • Until approximately the end of this week, drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 93rd Street from Nicollet Avenue.
  • Beginning on Tuesday, September 18, until approximately the end of the week of Monday, September 24, drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 92nd Street from Nicollet Avenue.
  • Beginning on September 24 for approximately one week, drivers can’t turn eastbound onto 90th Street from Nicollet Avenue.



9/13/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 54 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project.

Richfield
  • In Richfield, the crews are currently moving north along Nicollet Avenue from 70th Street.
  • The crews have closed cross traffic going eastbound and westbound on Nicollet Avenue at 69th Street and 71st Street. Detour signs are posted on site.
  • The intersections of 70th Street, 72nd Street, 73rd Street and 74th Street are currently being restored and will be open, or have been restored and opened.

Bloomington
  • The crews have opened the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 95th Street. They have also closed the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 94th Street for the weeks of September 10 and 17.


9/4/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 48.5 percent of the natural gas main for CenterPoint Energy’s “Nicollet Avenue from 67th Street to Old Shakopee Road” belt line project. The construction details, published below from August 28, 2018, will remain the same for this update.



8/28/2018

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 45 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:

  • The crews will not be working on Monday, September 3, in honor of Labor Day. Construction will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

Nicollet Avenue from 76th Street to 67th Street
  • On Nicollet Avenue from 76th Street north to 67th Street, the crews have closed the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue and shifted two-way traffic into the southbound lanes in this area.
  • The crews have closed cross traffic going eastbound and westbound on Nicollet Avenue at 71st Street and 75th Street. Detour signs are posted on site.
  • The intersections of 72nd Street, 73rd Street and 74th Street have been restored and opened.
  • On Tuesday, September 4, the crews will close 70th Street and open 71st Street.

Nicollet Avenue from 94th Street to 96th Street
Since August 22, the crews have closed the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue from 96th Street to 94th Street and shifted two-way traffic into the southbound lanes in this area. Beginning today on Tuesday, August 28, the crews have also closed the entrance into 95th Street from Nicollet Avenue. This closure will last until approximately the end of the week of September 3. Detour signs will be posted on site.



8/22/2018
  • Today on Wednesday, August 22, crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will begin gradually removing the traffic barriers from the median lanes of Nicollet Avenue just north of 98th Street. By Friday, August 31, the crews will have removed the traffic barriers from the median lanes of Nicollet Avenue from 98th Street to 96th Street.
  • Also today on August 22, the crews will close the northbound lanes of Nicollet Avenue from 96th Street to 94th Street and shift two-way traffic into the southbound lanes in this area.
  • From Tuesday, August 28, until approximately the end of the week of August 27, drivers can’t turn left or right onto 98th Street from Nicollet Avenue, and they can’t turn onto Nicollet Avenue from westbound 98th Street. Detour signs will be posted on site. 



8/21/2018
CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, has installed 39.5 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 74th Street. By this Thursday, August 23, the crews will have also opened the intersections of 71st Street and 72nd Street. By this Monday, August 27, the crews will have opened the intersection of 67th Street.
  • The crews have currently closed the intersections of 72nd Street and 75th Street.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are following the Michels Corporation crews and restoring the areas affected by their construction. 



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?

Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page. In addition, you can contact one of the following CenterPoint Energy resources. Please reference the project name:

  • Information Hotline:
    • email: csv.constructionservices@centerpointenergy.com 
    • phone: 612-321-5369
  • Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson:
    • phone: 612-321-5546
  • Restoration Department:
    • email: csv.restoration@centerpointenergy.com 
    • phone: 612-321-5042

We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you.