​​Project Status - ​​​Excelsior and Shorewood - Highways 7 and 41, Mill Street and Excelsior Boulevard

10/2/2017
Construction is finished on CenterPoint Energy’s project called “Highways 7 and 41, Mill Street and Excelsior Boulevard.” Below are the construction details:

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished installing the natural gas mains on September 21, 2017. The mains now run along the following streets:

  • ​Highway 7 at Highway 41 and Mill Street​
  • ​Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail at the following two intersections:
    • ​M​i​ll Street and Highway 7
    • ​​Exce​ls​​ior Boulevard and Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail
Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have restored the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction by Friday, September 29. CenterPoint Energy’s traffic control signs have been moved from the project location.

Further construction is being done by road contractors from the City of Excelsior for the city’s “Mill Street Construction and Detour​” project. For more information on the city’s work on Mill Street, please visit the city’s website.




9/22/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished installing the natural gas mains on September 21, 2017. The mains now run along the following streets:

  • ​Highway 7 at Highway 41 and Mill Street​
  • ​Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail at the following two intersections:
    • ​M​ill Street and Highway 7
    • ​​Excels​​ior Boulevard and Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. Restoration will be finished by Friday, September 29. By then, all of CenterPoint Energy’s traffic control signs will be moved from the project location.

Further construction is being done by road contractors from the City of Excelsior for the city’s “Mill Street Construction and Detour” project. For more information on the city’s work on Mill Street, please visit the city’s website.




8/7/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, opened the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail on Thursday, August 3, in preparation for the Tour de Tonka bike ride that happened on Saturday, August 5. The crews have removed the detour and traffic barrier signs from the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail.

Further construction by CenterPoint Energy will be completed along the westbound boulevard of Highway 7 and then Excelsior Boulevard, according to the details published on July 26, 2017, below.​




7/26/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will open the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail on Thursday, August 3, in preparation for the Tour de Tonka bike ride happening on Saturday, August 5. (For more information on the Tour de Tonka bike ride, please visit the website of Minnetonka Public Schools​.) Signs will be placed on site to notify the public of the opening.

Within the week of August 7, the crews will be installing natural gas pipeline along the westbound boulevard of Highway 7 near Highway 41 in Shorewood. The installation will take three or four weeks.

After the crews are finished installing pipeline near this intersection, they will return to Excelsior Boulevard and work there for one week. They anticipate leaving the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail open during installation. Traffic barriers will be placed around the work zone during active construction. 




7/10/2017

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, began construction on the Excelsior and Shorewood project during the week of July 5, 2017. The crews are currently on Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail at Excelsior Boulevard and Mill Street.

Below are the traffic plans for construction happening on Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail. Please view our Detour Route for pedestrians and bicyclers​:

  • The crews will close Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail from Morse Avenue to 2nd Street for construction on the natural gas pipeline.
  • The closure will begin on Thursday, July 13, and last for up to three weeks.
  • The closure will not affect road traffic on Mill Street or the roads near Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail.
  • ​Detour signs will be posted on site, leading pedestrians and bicyclers coming from eastbound Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail onto George Street, W. Lake Street, Lake Street and 2nd Street (Excelsior Boulevard). Pedestrians and bicyclers coming from westbound Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail will be directed to Excelsior Boulevard (2nd Street), Morse Avenue and 3rd Street.



6/12/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in Excelsior and Shorewood the week of July 5, 2017. Project construction is expected to last from six t​o eight weeks. (Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page.) Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas mains along the following roads (see map below):

  • ​Highway 7 at Highway 41 and Mill Street
  • ​Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail at the following two intersections:
    • Mill Street and Highway 7
    • ​Excelsior Boulevard and Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail 

What are the traffic control plans?

  • There will be no traffic restrictions at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 41. The crews will be working on the boulevard of Highways 7 and 41. 
  • At the intersection of Highway 7 and Mill Street, the crews will close the northernmost westbound shoulder on Highway 7 underneath the bridge of Mill Street. 
  • There will be no traffic restrictions at the intersections of Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail near Mill Street, Highway 7 and Excelsior Boulevard. 
Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

Construction will happen in two phases: 

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is restoring the areas affected by construction—typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer’s yard.​

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience.