​​Project Status - St. Louis Park - Louisiana Avenue S. from 27th to 31st Streets W.

10/30/2017
CenterPoint Energy has finished its construction on the “Louisiana Avenue S. from 27th to 31st Streets W.” project in St. Louis Park! Construction began on August 28 and ended on Friday, October 27. Below are the construction details:

Phase 1
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed the natural gas mains along Louisiana Avenue S. from W. 27th Street to W. 31st Street.

Phase 2
Crews from Michels Corporation also connected the natural gas service lines to the installed mains listed above.

Phase 3
Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. The traffic barriers associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work have been removed from the project site.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction process. 




10/10/2017
Crews from CenterPoint Energy are progressing in construction on CenterPoint Energy’s Louisiana Avenue S. project in St. Louis Park. Below are the construction details:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have installed natural gas mains along northbound Louisiana Avenue S. between W. 27th Street and W. 31st Street. They began on August 28, 2017, and finished by Friday, September 22.
  • Crews from Michels Corporation also connected all the natural gas service lines to the installed mains along northbound Louisiana Avenue S. between W. 27th Street and W. 31st Street. The crews finished in early October.
  • Curr​ently, crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are restoring the hard surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s work along northbound Louisiana Avenue S. between W. 27th Street and W. 31st Street. When restoration is complete, CenterPoint Energy’s traffic signs will be removed from the project site. ​




9/20/2017
Crews from CenterPoint Energy are progressing in construction on CenterPoint Energy’s Louisiana Avenue S. project in St. Louis Park. Below are the construction details:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been installing natural gas mains along northbound Louisiana Avenue S. since August 28, 2017. They will finish installing the mains by this Friday, September 22. By then, the main will have been installed between W. 27th Street and W. 31st Street.
  • From Thursday, September 21, to Friday, September 22, the crews will be closing W. 29th Street along the eastern side of Louisiana Avenue S. Drivers can’t access W. 29th Street from northbound or southbound Louisiana Avenue S. Detour signs will lead drivers back to W. 29th Street via W. 28th Street and Kentucky Avenue S.​
  • Crews from Michels Corporation are currently connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains. They are working between W. 27th Street and W. 31st Street. The crews will finish connecting all the service lines by October 13, 2017.

While active construction is occurring, the traffic plans listed below will remain the same. ​



9/20/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in St. Louis Park the week of August 28, 2017. Project construction is expected to last until late October 2017. (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 northbound curb side of Louisiana Avenue S. from W. 27th Street to W. 31st Street. 

CenterPoint Energy’s project on Louisiana Avenue S. is adjacent to CenterPoint Energy’s other project, labeled “Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street,” which is scheduled to end within October 2017. For more information on that project, please visit its website page. ​

What are the traffic plans?

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. Below are the details for the traffic plans​:

  • The crews will be working along the northbound curb side of Louisiana Avenue S. Two-way traffic will be maintained on northbound and southbound Louisiana Avenue S. during active construction.
  • During active construction at Louisiana Avenue S. and W. 31st Street, drivers going northbound along Louisiana Avenue S. can’t turn right onto eastbound W. 31st Street. Detour signs will lead drivers back to W. 31st Street via Minnetonka Boulevard and Kentucky Avenue S.
  • While CenterPoint Energy’s traffic signs are placed along northbound Louisiana Avenue S. between W. 27th Street and W. 31st Street, the sidewalk will be closed along northbound Louisiana Avenue S. Sidewalk traffic is detoured to southbound Louisiana Avenue S.

Construction will happen in three phases:

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the natural ga service lines to the new main along the same construction route. (A gas service line is a small-diameter pipe connecting the customer's gas service to the main line in the street.)
  • Phase 3 is restoring the areas affected by construction--typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer's yard.

How may construction affect customers?

As part of this main project, the crews will also be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer's property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line. 

Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

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. ​​