Edina – Morningside Neighborhood

Scheduled Start Date: April 4, 2022

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Project Resources

  • If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or number 100484257.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From Monday, April 4 into summer 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Edina’s Morningside Neighborhood along the following streets:

  • 42nd Street W. from Oakdale Avenue to Grimes Avenue S.
  • Littel Street from Oakdale to Lynn Avenues
  • Oakdale Avenue from 42nd Street W. to Littel Street and from Morningside Road to the cul-de-sac south of Branson Street
  • Ottawa Avenue S. from Littel Street to Morningside Road
  • Lynn and Crocker Avenues S. from 42nd Street W. to Morningside Road
  • Grimes Avenue S. from 42nd to 44th Streets W.
  • Morningside Road from Wooddale Avenue to Grimes Avenue
  • Branson Street from Oakdale to Grimes Avenues

While Michels Corporation will replace two natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the first of the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of the City of Edina’s Morningside D & E Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction

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Phase 1

Three crews from Michels Corporation will replace natural gas lines on all the project’s streets. One crew is replacing the plastic main, which is small in diameter. During the replacement, the crews will close parking and lanes on the side of the road where they’re working. They don’t require a full road closure. 

Phase 2

The second crew will connect the service lines to this new main and move any inside residential meters outside. They may also close parking and lanes on the side of the road where they’re working.

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 arrive, they will leave a door tag with their contact information to schedule an appointment with them.

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.

Phase 3

The third crew will coordinate the timing of its work with the City of Edina’s Morningside D & E Neighborhood Roadway Reconstruction. They will replace the large-diameter steel natural gas main on the following streets: 

  • Morningside Road from Wooddale to Lynn Avenues S.
  • Lynn Avenue S. from Morningside Road to 42nd Street W.
  • 42nd Street W. from Lynn to Grimes Avenues S. 

They plan to replace the mains on one street at a time, tentatively beginning in June. During this time, each road will be closed to through traffic where the crews are working. Since the crews weld the pieces of the pipe together, the steel main replacement requires open excavation and takes longer to install than the small-diameter plastic main. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather.

Flaggers may be on site to help traffic flow. The crews will help residents maintain access. Residents can keep their garbage and recycling bins on their driveways. Trucks such as garbage and delivery will still be able to access residents’ homes.

Phase 4

The fourth and final crew working for CenterPoint Energy, Q3 Contracting, will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of the city’s work. 

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. For photo examples, please visit our Restoration Practices page.