On Tuesday, August 23, a crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will begin replacing the project’s natural gas mains. They will start on Rhode Island Avenue between Golden Valley Road and Highway 55. For the next few weeks, they will close the northbound lane on Rhode Island Avenue and will keep the southbound lane open. During this time, detour signs will lead traffic back to Rhode Island Avenue via north on Winnetka Avenue and east on Golden Valley Road.

For the next three weeks, they will have replaced all the project’s natural gas work. This will include the work on Golden Valley Road from Winnetka Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue. By then, the crew will have replaced the main, connected the service lines to the new mains, and worked on the meters on these roads. The crew will make appointments with the businesses to work on the service lines and meters.

The crew will restore the areas affected by its work.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From Monday, August 22 into late September 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting will work in Golden Valley along Golden Valley Road between Winnetka Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue, and along Rhode Island Avenue between Golden Valley Road and Highway 55. The work is anticipated to last for approximately four or five weeks.

Q3 Contracting will replace the natural gas main, connect the natural gas service lines to the new main, move any inside residential meters outside, and restore the areas affected by their work.

During this time, lane, parking or road closures may occur. Detour signs will redirect through traffic. The crews will work with businesses and residents on maintaining access.

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.