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CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are finishing the 2021 portion of the project. A crew from Michels Corporation finished replacing most of the project’s natural gas lines. The remaining natural gas work will resume in 2022. This includes connecting the final of the service lines to the new mains.
A crew from Q3 Contracting will put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.
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Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to replace the project’s natural gas lines. One crew is replacing the natural gas main on Front Street E., crossing Main Street. They plan to finish replacing all the project’s mains within the week of December 13. Another crew is following this crew, connecting the service lines to the new mains. They are currently working on 2nd Street W. and have finished half of the project’s service line connections.
Early in the week of November 29, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will begin connecting the service lines to the new mains. They will follow the route of the crew who is replacing the natural gas mains.
A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.
We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines.
A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the project’s natural gas mains. They are starting on 2nd Street W. at West Street N., working east. For approximately 1.5 weeks, they will replace the main from West Street N. to Market Street.
Next, they will replace the mains along the alleys on either side of Main Street: one from 2nd to 3rd Streets and another from 1st to 2nd Streets. During this time, the alleys will be closed to through traffic. The crews will help residents maintain access.
Beginning in the week of November 15, lasting into December, and resuming in spring 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Janesville along the following streets: 2nd Street from West Street N. to Market Street N.; Front Street from Short Street N. to the alley between Main and Market Streets N.; West Street N. from 2nd Street to 317 West Street N.; Skookum and Craig Streets N. from Front Street W. to the alley between Front and 1st Streets; Mott Street N. from Front to 1st Streets; the alley between Mott and Main Streets N. from 1st to 2nd Streets; the alley between Main and Market Streets N. from Front to 2nd Streets; and Market Street N. from 2nd to 3rd Streets.
While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Michels Corporation will replace the mains this November and December and will connect the service lines in spring.
This fall and winter, Q3 Contracting will put winter erosion control in the affected areas. This will include temporary asphalt on areas that were previously concrete, and hydroseed and netting on boulevards and lawns. In 2022, permanent restoration will follow the final natural gas work. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines.
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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