The purpose of our flyer is to advise that with customer permission, crews will now enter homes to complete necessary gas meter work. If you choose not to allow crews to enter your home, gas service will not be interrupted, and we will reschedule for a time better suited to concerns you may have. Crews will continue to replace service lines. Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement.
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 42nd to 36th Avenues N. Currently the crews have a lane shift on Winnetka Avenue from 38th ½ Avenue N. to Win Park Drive.
Next week the crew is planning on crossing the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and 36th Avenue N. to replace the natural gas main. Although four-way traffic will be maintained during construction, drivers should be aware that the intersection configuration will change and to take precautions when in the area.
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 42nd to 37th Avenues N. In the week of April 20, the crews will remove the traffic control devices from 42nd to 40th Avenues N. and set up the devices from 40th to a couple hundred feet south of 36th Avenue N. While the crews work on these blocks, two-way traffic will be maintained with lane shifts.
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to replace natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue. Currently the crews are between 38th ½ Avenue and 40th Avenue and will continue to work here into the week of April 13. Two-way traffic is being maintained with a lane shift in this area. The crews are working south toward Medicine Lake Road.
Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?
This project is a continuation of CenterPoint Energy’s Belt Line project in Minnesota, which began in 2012 and will continue until approximately 2022. The Belt Line system is a series of natural gas distribution mains along routes from Brooklyn Center to Bloomington and from Golden Valley to Minneapolis.
From March 30 to November 2020, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor will be performing work on CenterPoint Energy’s Winnetka Avenue Belt Line Project. Work will take place on Winnetka Avenue between 10th and 42nd Avenues N. and will occur in four phases rather than all at once:
Phase 1: Winnetka Ave. from 23rd to 42nd Avenues N in the cities of Golden Valley, New Hope and Crystal: This phase will occur from March 30 to approx. late April/early May. It consists of installing the first of the project’s two mains with new modern materials. The installation will allow room for the second main, mentioned in Phase 3, to be installed. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a lane closure in this area. In Crystal, New Hope and Golden Valley, construction will start on March 30.
According to the Governor of Minnesota’s order, gas main replacement is an essential work function. This allows for the modernization of related gas facilities. The gas main work requires excavations in various locations in the right-of-way (front yard) to facilitate the installation work.
Phase 2: Winnetka Ave. between 23rd and 42nd Avenues N.: This phase is tentatively scheduled to begin in late April/early May and last for several weeks, depending on updates related to COVID-19. The phase consists of connecting the individual customer gas service lines to the first of the project’s mains. This may include service line replacement and relocating gas meters from inside the home to outside.
Due to coronavirus concerns, CenterPoint Energy is delaying work that requires entering customer homes, such moving gas meters outside. Gas service will not be interrupted. Crews will continue to replace service lines. A new service line will be replaced from the new main up to the resident’s home where the outside meter would be placed. (If the meter is outside, the service line will be connected to it.) Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement.
Phase 3: Winnetka Ave. between 10th and 42nd Avenues N.: This phase will occur from June 1 to late October. It consists of replacing the second of the project’s mains under the east side of the road in the same location. Crews will be working on one to two blocks at a time for one to two weeks per block. Two-way traffic will be maintained with a lane closure in this area.
Phase 4: Crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting, will restore the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s work outside the city’s and county’s construction zones—typically the boulevard, sidewalks and lawns.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at CenterPointEnergy.com/BeSafe.
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Please reference the project name or numbers 88519248, 90350865 or 90350999 when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.