Project Status - Crystal - 2020 Mill and Overlay


5/13/2020

Today on Wednesday, May 13, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are finishing the natural gas main installation on 36th Avenue N. This week the crews will begin connecting the natural gas service lines to the new main between Welcome and Brunswick Avenues N.


5/1/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing the natural gas main on 36th Avenue N. between Douglas and Hampshire Avenues N. They anticipate finishing the main replacement by May 8 or 11. Within the week of May 4, the crews will begin connecting natural gas service lines to the new main between Welcome and Brunswick Avenues N. 


4/22/2020

Within the middle or end of the week of April 27, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, plan to have replaced the natural gas main on the south side of 36th Avenue N. between Welcome and Brunswick Avenues N. Afterward they will replace the natural gas main between Douglas and Hampshire Avenues N.

If the crews need to cross a residential driveway, they will notify the residents ahead of time. 



4/22/2020

 
Installing replacement gas mains: According to the Governor of Minnesota’s order, gas main replacement is an essential work function. This allows for the modernization of related gas facilities. The gas main work requires excavations in various locations in the right-of-way (front yard) to facilitate the installation work.
 
Connecting service lines to the new mains: As social distancing practices and proper use of PPE, face masks and gloves have become normalized and as customers are willing to allow properly protected personnel into their homes to complete required work to modernize gas facilities, which is essential work, CenterPoint Energy authorized contractors will enter customer homes to complete work only with customer permission. Please see our flyer here: 
The purpose of our flyer is to advise that with customer permission, crews will now enter homes to complete necessary gas meter work. If you choose not to allow crews to enter your home, gas service will not be interrupted, and we will reschedule for a time better suited to concerns you may have. Crews will continue to replace service lines. Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement.



4/14/2020

Project update: Since CenterPoint Energy is delaying inside meter work due to concerns over COVID-19, CenterPoint Energy is delaying most of its work for the Crystal – 2020 Mill and Overlay project. Work by CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will continue on 36th Avenue N. between Hampshire and Welcome Avenues N. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction.
 
Traffic impacts: During this work, two-way traffic will be maintained on 36th Avenue N. as the crews work several blocks at a time. The crews will notify any resident whose driveway will be temporarily blocked. Local access will be maintained. Lane and some sidewalk restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.
 
The remaining areas of the project will be rescheduled at a later time. We appreciate your patience as we continue to modernize our gas system while respecting COVID-19 protocol. 




4/8/2020

Due to coronavirus concerns, CenterPoint Energy is delaying meter work that requires entering customer homes or disrupting customer gas service until further notice.
 
Project description: CenterPoint Energy’s project is anticipated to last from the week of April 13 to late summer 2020 with work from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors. Crews from Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains and connect natural gas service lines to the new mains. Crews from Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of the City of Crystal’s 2020 Mill and Overlay Project.
 
Installing replacement gas mains: Michels Corporation will be installing the replacement gas main on this project. According to the Governor of Minnesota’s order, gas main replacement is an essential work function. This allows for the modernization of related gas facilities. The gas main work requires excavations in various locations in the right-of-way (front yard) to facilitate the installation work.
 
Connecting service lines to the new mains: Due to coronavirus concerns, CenterPoint Energy is delaying work that requires entering customer homes, such as moving gas meters outside. Gas service will not be interrupted. Crews will continue to replace service lines. A new service line will be replaced from the new main up to the resident’s home. The meter, whether it is currently inside or outside, will not be disrupted. Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement. At a later date, the crews will come back to add the new meter onto the service line.
 
Traffic impacts: Work will occur in segments rather than all at once. Lane, parking and some sidewalk restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe:
  • For the majority of the project, the crews will maintain two-way traffic with a lane shift. 
  • For a limited time, the crews will close 34th Ave. N. between Edgewood Ave. N. and Douglas Dr. N., detouring traffic. (Local access will be maintained. The crews will notify any residents whose driveways the crews will temporarily cross.) 


12/12/2019


In December 2019, crews from DIS, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are locating sewer laterals in preparation for next year’s natural gas line replacements. For more information on DIS, please visit our web page here and an example of the pre-construction sewer lateral postcard here

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Updates will be posted on this Project Status page. For any questions, you can contact one of the following resources:

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  • 612-321-5546
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Please reference the project name or number 91773755 when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.