CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are finishing the 2021 portion of the project. A crew from Michels Corporation replaced the 2021 portion of the project’s natural gas lines. In 2022, the crew will work west of Walnut Street S. Our website will be updated with the locations and timeline closer to the project’s new start date.
A crew from Q3 Contracting will put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.
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A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the project’s natural gas mains. The timeline for connecting the service lines to the new mains and for restoring the areas affected by construction are tentative. More information will be provided closer to these activities.
A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the project’s natural gas mains, starting on Oak Street. They anticipate finishing the main replacements in approximately two weeks. When the replacements are done, another Michels Corporation crew will begin connecting the service lines to the new mains. In areas of active construction, parking and the sidewalk will be restricted on the side of the road where the crews are working. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines.
To prepare for this work, CenterPoint Energy will request Gopher State One Call to locate underground public utilities. After Labor Day, residents will notice utility flags and spray paint markings in and near areas where the natural gas line replacements will happen.
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
From the week of October 18 into late fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work along the following streets: 2nd Street E. between Walnut and Maple Streets N.; Walnut, Oak, and Ash Streets N. between 1st and 3rd Streets E.; and Maple Street N. between 2nd and 3rd Streets E.
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. In 2022, further work will be performed west of Walnut Street S. More information will be provided closer to that portion of the project.
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.