​​Project Status - Columbia Heights and Minneapolis - University Avenue NE (County Road 47)

11/27/2017
Construction is finished on CenterPoint Energy’s “University Avenue NE (County Road 47)” project! Construction began in the week of September 18, 2017, and ended after Thanksgiving 2017. Below are the construction details:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed natural gas mains along University Avenue NE at the following intersections: 32nd Avenue NE, 35th Avenue NE, 37th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE.
  • Cre​ws from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have temporarily restored the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. Permanent restoration will take place in spring 2018.

CenterPoint Energy thanks you for your patience during the construction process. We wish you a Happy Holiday season!




11/6/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on CenterPoint Energy’s University Avenue NE (County Road 47) project. Below are the construction details:

  • The crews are continuing to install the natural gas main on 35th Avenue NE and will finish within the week of November 6, 2017.
  • When the crews finish installing on 35th Avenue NE, they will begin installing the natural gas main on 32nd Avenue NE. Their work area will take place on a grassy area south of 32nd Avenue NE between University Avenue NE and 4th Street NE. This work will be finished within the week of November 13.
  • Whe​n crews from Michels Corporation are finished installing all the natural gas mains on this project, crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin temporarily restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s work. Restoration will take two weeks. When temporary restoration is complete, the crews will remove the traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work. Permanent restoration will take place in spring 2018.




10/20/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on CenterPoint Energy’s University Avenue NE (County Road 47) project. Below are the construction details:

  • During the week of October 23, the crews will start installing the natural gas main on 35th Avenue NE between 2nd ½ Street NE and University Avenue NE. The crews will close 35th Avenue NE to through traffic with local access only. Detour signs will be posted on site, leading drivers back to 35th Avenue NE. During this time, drivers can still drive northbound and southbound on 2nd ½ Street NE and just west of 5th Street NE. This closure will last for three weeks.
  • In addition to this closure, the crews will close the intersection of 3rd Street NE for one or two days before reopening it. Detour signs will lead drivers back onto 3rd Street NE during this time.
  • The traffi​c barriers set up on 40th Avenue NE at University Avenue NE will remain up until restoration is complete. Restoration will be done by CenterPoint Energy’s contractor Q3 Contracting.  




10/12/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on CenterPoint Energy’s University Avenue NE (County Road 47) project. Below are the construction details:

  • Starting today on Thursday, October 12, and lasting until tomorrow on Friday, October 13, crews from Michels Corporation are closing the eastbound lane on 40th Avenue NE for about 50 feet between 3rd Street NE and University Avenue NE. Residents along this route will have access to and from their driveways.
  • Beginning on Saturday, October 14, or Monday, October 16, the crews will open eastbound 40th Avenue NE and close westbound 40th Avenue for about 100 feet between 3rd Street NE and University Avenue NE. Residents along this route will still have access to and from their driveways. This closure will last for one week.
  • The south​eastern corner of the intersection of University Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE remains closed during active construction. Pedestrian traffic is detoured to westbound 40th Avenue NE.




10/4/2017

Important notice for properties at 222, 226, and 228 40th Avenue NE

  • Crew​s from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing natural gas main along eastbound 40th Avenue NE between 3rd Street NE and just west of University Avenue NE (County Road 47).
  • For only Thursday, October 5, and Friday, October 6, the residents at 222 40th Avenue NE, 226 40th Avenue NE, and 228 40th Avenue NE will be unable to access their driveways. They can, however, access their properties in person. This closure will be lifted on October 6.
  • CenterP​oint Energy crews advise that anyone accessing these driveways should park on the street starting on Wednesday night of October 4. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.​




9/29/2017
CenterPoint Energy began construction on its University Avenue NE (County Road 47) project on Wednesday, September 20. Below are the construction details:

37th Avenue NE and University Avenue NE
  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, began installing the natural gas main on September 20. They have installed main along the eastbound boulevard of 37th Avenue NE between 3rd Street NE and Huset Parkway.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction in this intersection until Friday, October 6. By then, they will remove the traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work from this intersection.
40th Avenue NE and University Avenue NE
  • On Monday, October 2, crews from Michels Corporation will begin installing natural gas main along the eastbound boulevard of 40th Avenue NE between 3rd Street NE and University Avenue NE, and in the southeastern corner of the intersection of University Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE.

  • T​he crews will be installing main on 40th Avenue NE for the weeks of October 2 and 9. ​



9/8/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in Columbia Heights and Minneapolis in the week of September 18, 2017. Project construction is expected to last until late November 2017. (Frequent updates will be posted on CenterPoint Energy’s website.) Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas mains along University Avenue NE (County Road 47) at the following intersections: 32nd Avenue NE, 35th Avenue NE, 37th Avenue NE and 40th Avenue NE.

Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

Construction will happen in three phases:

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the natural ga service lines to the new main along the same construction route. (A gas service line is a small-diameter pipe connecting the customer's gas service to the main line in the street.)
  • Phase 3 is restoring the areas affected by construction--typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer's yard.

How may construction affect customers?

As part of this main project, the crews will also be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer's property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line. 

Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience.