7/22/2021

On Monday, July 26, the crews will begin replacing the project’s natural gas mains. They will start west of Zane Avenue, working toward Tessman Avenue. They will close the right lane of westbound Brooklyn Boulevard, temporarily closing the entrances into Brunswick Avenue and Douglas Drive. Detour signs will direct drivers to the next block over.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From late July to late summer 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Brooklyn Park along Brooklyn Boulevard between West Broadway Avenue and Brunswick Avenue N. While Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, 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 Road Maintenance Project.


For most of the project’s duration, lane and parking closures will occur. Sidewalk closures will alternate as needed. Some turn lane and full closures will occur along the following streets: Heading southbound from West Broadway Avenue to westbound Brooklyn Boulevard; and heading northbound from Brooklyn Boulevard to West Broadway Avenue.


For a short duration, the crews will close Tessman Drive for approximately 50 feet just north of Brooklyn Boulevard, detouring traffic to Georgia Avenue. Local access will be maintained. For a short duration, the crews will close Douglas Drive for approximately 50 feet just south of Brooklyn Boulevard, detouring traffic to Hampshire Avenue. Local access will be maintained.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?

The construction crews and personnel will continue to use the Covid-19 Customer Permission Flyer, which requests customer permission prior to entering homes. Personnel, contractors and CenterPoint Energy employees will continue to practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitary practices and wearing face masks when entering customer homes.

What if I have an inside gas meter?

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.


After the customer receives the postcard, the foreman will arrive at the customer’s house to schedule an appointment that typically meets with the customer’s schedule. If the customer isn’t home when they arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.


Customers are advised to set aside a two- to four-hour time frame for the inside-to-outside gas meter move. They are also 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. The foreman will access the natural gas meter inside the house, move the meter outside, and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.


Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains. Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition.

What should I expect during restoration?

Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. 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.