8/31/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are making progress. Crews from Michels Corporation replaced the natural gas main across Greenhaven Drive and are replacing the main by the Sunny Acres trailer park. The crews have replaced approximately 88% of the project’s total footage. Within the week of September 13, they plan to connect the new main to the existing intersecting main near 158th Street W. and test the new pipe’s pressure.


Crews from Q3 Contracting paved the blacktop on Greenhaven Drive last week. They are restoring the sod boulevards near the car dealerships along Buck Hill Road.

8/18/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are making progress. Starting today on Wednesday, August 18 and lasting until approximately August 27, the crews will close the western half of the intersection of Buck Hill Road and Greenhaven Drive. This will accommodate the natural gas main replacement and the restoration of the road. During this time, two-way traffic will remain open on Buck Hill Road. Detour signs will lead traffic to Buck Hill Road, 150th Street and Burnhaven Drive.


In the first week of September, the crews will have worked past the Sunny Acres entrances and 158th Street W. CenterPoint Energy is working with the trailer homes to accommodate the residents.


Crews from Q3 Contracting are continuing to restore the hard and soft surfaces along Buck Hill Road. They are pouring concrete at Kwik Trip and working on the curbs and driveway at the Honda dealership.

8/11/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are making progress. The regulator station at County Road 42 and Buck Hill Road is built by Michels Corporation. The final work will include painting the station and connecting electric wiring.


Starting on Wednesday, August 18 and lasting until August 25, 26 or 27, the crews will close the western half of the intersection of Buck Hill Road and Greenhaven Drive. This will accommodate the natural gas main replacement and the restoration of the road. During this time, two-way traffic will remain open on Buck Hill Road. Detour signs will lead traffic to Buck Hill Road, 150th Street and Burnhaven Drive.


In the first week of September, the crews will have worked past the Sunny Acres entrances and 158th Street W.


Q3 Contracting opened Crystal Lake Road to traffic on Monday, August 9 and Burkards Drive on Tuesday, August 10. The crews are continuing to restore the hard and soft surfaces along Buck Hill Road.

8/4/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are continuing progress. Crews from Michels Corporation have replaced the natural gas main in the intersection of Buck Hill Road and Crystal Lake Road. This week, crews from Q3 Contracting will pave the intersection. They plan to reopen this intersection by Monday, August 9. The crews are restoring the boulevard along Buck Hill Road at Southcross Drive.

7/20/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are progressing on the job. One crew from Michels Corporation is continuing work on the regulator station at County Road 42 and Buck Hill Road. Another crew is replacing the natural gas main along Buck Hill Road, crossing Burkards Drive today on Tuesday, July 20 and working south. Q3 Contracting will follow closely behind the crews to restore and pave the roads.


From Monday, August 2 to Monday, August 9, the crews are scheduled to cross Crystal Lake Road. During that time, the western half of the intersection will be closed. While drivers can travel north and south on Buck Hill Road, they can’t turn onto Crystal Lake Road heading westbound. Driveways and parking entrances to businesses will remain open.

7/13/2021

Today on Tuesday, July 13, the crews will open the intersection of Southcross Drive and Buck Hill Road to traffic. The crosswalk is being painted today. The driveways to the mall’s entrances in this area are restored, and the traffic lights are operating. Restoration on the curbs and boulevards will continue into the weeks of July 12 and 19.


One crew is continuing to work on the regulator station near County Road 42 and the Burnsville Center. The construction of the station is nearing completion. The crews will paint the station and connect the piping to the station. Another crew is replacing the natural gas main south of Southcross Drive near Burkards Drive.

7/8/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are continuing progress. Crews from Michels Corporation are nearing completion of the regulator station near County Road 42 and the Burnsville Center. Crews from Q3 Contracting restored the curb at the Burnsville Center’s driveway entrances just south of County Road 42.


Crews from Michels Corporation closed the western half of the intersection of Southcross Drive and Buck Hill Road. This closure will last until July 13 after the intersection has been restored and the traffic barriers removed. Detour signs will lead drivers to Burnhaven Drive, 150th Street and Buck Hill Road. Sidewalk closures will alternate as needed. The mall access and business driveways just north of the intersection will be closed one at a time as needed when the crews cross them. Steel plates will be used as needed for driveway crossings.

6/24/2021

One crew is replacing the natural gas main near the third mall entrance, working toward Southcross Drive. From July 6 to 13, they will close the west side of the intersection of Southcross Drive and Buck Hill Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Buck Hill Road. Detour signs will lead drivers to Buck Hill Road, 150th Street, and Burnhaven Drive. Two of the mall entrances just north of Southcross Drive will have alternating closures from Buck Hill Road. In this intersection, sidewalk closures will alternate to maintain pedestrian access. Flaggers will be onsite directing traffic.


Another crew is continuing to work on the regulator station along Buck Hill Road at the Burnsville Center for another few weeks. The duration will include removing the shoring box, building the piping that connects to the regulator station, and backfilling the excavation before Q3 Contracting restores the area.

6/17/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are continuing progress. Crews from Michels Corporation are continuing to work at the Burnsville Center. One crew moved from 158th Street W. to join another crew at County Road 42 and the Burnsville Center. They are replacing the natural gas main and connecting the piping to an underground valve cluster.


In the weeks of June 7 and 14, the crews have been building the valve cluster. By the end of this week, they will pour some concrete in the area. In the week of June 21, they will remove the shoring box. The work in this area will continue for several more weeks.


The crews are beginning to replace the natural gas main along Buck Hill Road at the project’s north end at County Road 42. For the next few weeks, the crews will continue to maintain two-way traffic on Buck Hill Road before full closures will happen for a few blocks at a time.


This week, crews from Q3 Contracting are following Michels Corporation to restore concrete panels near the first mall entrance south of County Road 42. Next week, they will restore asphalt road in this area.

6/4/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are continuing work. The crews from Michels Corporation are continuing to work along Buck Hill Road at County Road 42 and at 158th Street W. While one crew is installing a regulator station and connecting the natural gas piping to it at County Road 42, the other crew is installing the natural gas main at 158th Street W. and connecting it to the existing intersecting piping.


For approximately one month, the crews will continue to work in the shoulder lane of Buck Hill Road for the main replacement. In one month, more closures will begin. Further details will be added to the website closer to the closure’s start date.


Crews from Q3 Contracting have placed temporary hydroseed in the areas where crews removed trees along the project’s route. Permanent restoration will follow after the project’s natural gas work is finished. The crews also restored the bike paths and pedestrian ramps affected by Michels Corporation’s work this spring.

5/19/2021

In the week of May 11, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the first of the project’s two natural gas mains, working north along Buck Hill Road from 158th Street W. This week, they anticipate finishing the replacement of the small-diameter plastic natural gas main. Following this replacement, the crews will connect the natural gas service lines to this new main.


During this time, a lane shift is occurring on Buck Hill Road with two-way traffic being maintained. A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the sidewalk panels. After that, the lane shift will be temporarily removed before the replacement of the second natural gas main.


This week, a Michels Corporation crew began preparing the site for the replacement of the second main, which is a large-diameter steel main. They are currently located at the Burnsville Center. Further updates will be sent regarding their traffic plans.

Project Description and Traffic Impacts

From mid-May to fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Burnsville along Buck Hill Road from the Burnsville Mall to 158th Street W. While Michels Corporation will replace two natural gas mains, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.


On May 10, the crews will begin replacing the first main from the entrance to Buck Hill to 158th Street W. They will also connect two natural gas service lines to the new main. During this time, two-way traffic will be maintained on Buck Hill Road. The sidewalk will be closed. Entrances to Buck Hill and 158th Street W. will remain open.


From late May to fall, the crews will return to replace the second main from the Burnsville Mall to 158th Street W. During this time, few blocks will be closed at a time for a few weeks at a time. When the crews cross an intersection, each crossing will take approx. a few business days. At the end of the project, the crews will return to the north and south ends of the job to connect the new main to the existing intersecting ones.


The inspectors will work with residents and businesses on maintaining access. These restrictions necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.