Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have finished installing the natural gas distribution main and are connecting about 30 gas service lines to the new main, which is located along Oak Street between Beehrle Avenue and Highway 7.
The connections are expected to last into the week of October 10, construction pending. The crews will keep Oak Street’s south (eastbound) lane closed during construction, and they will also maintain two-way traffic. Afterward, crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will come to restore the hard and soft surfaces.
Crews from CenterPoint Energy are installing the new natural gas distribution main (County Road 19) that runs along Oak Street between Beehrle Avenue and Highway 7. Currently the crews are working between William Street and Water Street toward Highway 7, in addition to the cross roads on William and Water Streets intersecting Oak Street. (See map below.) They plan to finish the main installation early in the week of September 26.
After the main is installed, the crews plan to connect about 30 gas service lines to the main, beginning late in the week of September 26. The crews will begin their work near Beehrle Avenue and work southeastward toward Highway 7. The gas service lines are expected to be finished in about one or two weeks from the week of September 26.
The crews are maintaining two-way traffic, although drivers should take care when passing through. The crews are working in the south (eastbound) lane of Oak Street during the main installation and the gas service line connections.
What is CenterPoint Energy doing?
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin construction on the new natural gas pipe along Oak Street in Excelsior on about Monday, September 12. The construction is expected to take approximately five weeks. The crews are installing about 2,690 feet of natural gas distribution main along the southwestern side of Oak Street from Beehrle Avenue to just past Water Street. While the crews are working on the southeastern side of Oak Street, they will maintain two-way traffic for the length of the project.
What does this mean for residents?In addition, CenterPoint Energy will be connecting about 30 gas service lines to the gas main. (A gas service line is a small pipe connecting the resident’s gas to the main line in the street.) Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service. Crews may have to dig in some residents’ properties in the utility easement to achieve this task. If a resident’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will be responsible for restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction. This is at no cost to the customer or resident of the construction area.
How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience. For specific timeline on the construction area, please call our Information Hotline. For general construction questions about the project, please call our Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson, at 612-321-5546.