What will CenterPoint Energy do?

At a time that is to be determined, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Brooklyn Park’s Norwood Park Neighborhood along the following streets: Brandywine Parkway from Pearson Parkway to 80th Avenue N.; Russell Avenue N. from the cul-de-sac to Gunflint Trail; Gunflint Trail from Russell Avenue N. to Penn Avenue N.; 80th Avenue N. from Brandywine Parkway to Gunflint Trail; Penn Avenue N. from Gunflint Trail to Laramie Trail; and Pearson Parkway from Brandywine Parkway to 80th Avenue N.

While one contractor will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, another will restore the areas affected by the work. During this time, lane shifts will occur. Parking may be restricted on the side of the street where the crews are working.

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 natural gas crews will perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs.

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?

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.