A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, plans to finish the project’s natural gas work by Friday, September 30. This includes connecting the final of the natural gas service lines to the new mains installed this season and moving inside meters outside. The crew anticipates that within October, restoration will have been complete, and the traffic barriers will have been removed. We thank you for your patience during the construction process!

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From Monday, August 15 into fall 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Edina along France Avenue S. from 60th to 64th Streets W.

While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.

A crew from Michels Corporation will start replacing the gas main on France Avenue S. on Monday, August 15. The crew anticipates that the main replacement will take approximately three weeks. Another Michels Corporation crew will connect the service lines and move inside meters outside for an additional two weeks. Restoration will follow.

During this work, there will be two-way traffic maintained on France Avenue with a lane shift. A road closure will occur at 60th Street W., starting on Monday, August 15 and lasting for at least three weeks. Detour signs will lead drivers to Halifax Avenue.

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 soft surface 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.