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A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, is continuing to replace the project’s natural gas main on 3rd Street from Lake Street W. to Water Street. They plan to finish the main replacement by Friday, July 22. During this time, parking is restricted on both sides of 3rd Street from Lake Street W. to Water Street, and a lane is closed on 3rd Street from Center Street to Water Street.
Another Michels Corporation crew will follow this crew’s work to connect the service lines to the new main and move inside meters outside. The same parking restrictions noted above may apply. The crew plans to finish their work by Friday, August 5.
Restoration will follow by Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor.
From Monday, June 27 into July 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Excelsior along 3rd Street from Lake Street W. to Water Street and along Center Street from 3rd Street to 2nd Street. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, 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.
During this time, parking will be restricted on both sides of the road where the crews are working. Sidewalk and lane closures may occur. No full road closures are anticipated.
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.
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.
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.
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