A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas steel main on 2nd Avenue SE between Kennedy and Nixon Streets. This week, they will replace the main on the west side of Nixon Street from 2nd Avenue SE to Highway 95. Traffic will be maintained. Then they will replace the main along the south sidewalk on Highway 95 from Nixon Street to Opportunity Boulevard. The sidewalk will be closed during active construction.

In the week of October 25, the crew will replace the main in the western ditch line on Opportunity Boulevard from Highway 95 to 2nd Avenue NE. For approximately five days that week, the crews will close 2nd Avenue NE west of Opportunity Boulevard.

In the weeks of November 1 and 8, the crew will replace the main under the east sidewalk on Garfield Street S. from 2nd Avenue SE to Highway 95. The sidewalk will be closed during this time. They will also work in the eastbound turn lane on Highway 95 from Garfield to Emerson Streets S. Closures will happen along Highway 95 at Garfield, Fillmore, and Emerson Streets S. Each closure will last for approximately three days.

The crew plans to finish the steel main replacement by November 12. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in the week of October 4 and lasting into late October or early November 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Cambridge along the following streets: Highway 95 NE from Emerson Ave. to Harrison St. and from Kennedy St. to Xylite St.; Harrison Street from Highway 95 to Superior Avenue; Garfield Street from Highway 95 to NAPA Auto Parts; Xylite Street NE from Highway 95 to 2nd Avenue NE; Nixon Street S. from Highway 95 to 2nd Avenue SE; and 2nd Avenue SE from Kennedy Street S. to Nixon Street S.

While Michels Corporation will replace the 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. Lane, road, sidewalk and parking closures may occur.

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?

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.