Brooklyn Center – Brooklyn Boulevard
Scheduled Start Date: May 17, 2021
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
From May 17 to late July 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Brooklyn Center along Brooklyn Boulevard between 59th and 65th Avenues N. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, connect the natural gas service lines to the new main, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of Hennepin County’s Brooklyn Boulevard Reconstruction
What are the traffic impacts?
For most of the project’s duration, two-way traffic will be maintained on Brooklyn Boulevard while the crews shift lanes to accommodate their work. When they cross some of the intersections, they will close 60th and 62nd Avenues at Brooklyn Boulevard. For the 60th Avenue closure, detour signs will lead drivers to 63rd Avenue and Beard Avenue. For the 62nd Avenue, detour signs will lead drivers to 63rd Avenue and Chowen Avenue. Local access will be maintained. Steel plates will be used as needed for driveway crossings.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 policy?
According to the Governor of Minnesota’s order
, gas main replacement is an essential work function. This allows for the modernization of related gas facilities. The gas main work requires excavations in various locations in the right-of-way (front yard) to facilitate the installation work.
As social distancing practices and proper use of PPE, face masks and gloves have become normalized and as customers are willing to allow properly protected personnel into their homes to complete required work to modernize gas facilities, which is essential work, CenterPoint Energy authorized contractors will enter customer homes to complete work only with customer permission.
The purpose of this letter is to advise that with customer permission, crews will now enter homes to complete necessary gas meter work. If you choose not to allow crews to enter your home, gas service will not be interrupted, and we will reschedule for a time better suited to concerns you may have. Crews will continue to replace service lines. Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement.