Minneapolis – Powderhorn Park Neighborhood

Scheduled Start Date: Late June 2021

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Project Resource(s):

  • If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or numbers 95729819 or 96711037 (for the steel main replacement on Elliot Avenue S.).

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in late June and lasting into fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis. Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limit of the City of Minneapolis’s Phillips South, Powderhorn & 35th St. E. Resurfacing. During this time, lane or parking closures may occur along the following streets:

  • Elliot Ave. S. between Lake St. E. and 37th St. E.
  • 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Avenues S. between Lake St. E. and 36th St. E.
  • 14th Ave. S. between Lake St. E. and 33rd St. E.
  • 15th Ave. S. between Lake St. E. and 35th St. E.
  • 33rd St. E. between Chicago Ave. S. and 15th Ave. S.
  • 33rd ½ St. E. between Elliot Ave. S. and 10th Ave. S.
  • 34th St. E. between Elliot Ave. S. and 10th Ave. S.
  • 35th St. E. between Elliot Ave. S. and Bloomington Ave. S.

The exceptions will be the following: The crews will replace two natural gas mains on Elliot Ave. S. Full closures will happen on Elliot Ave. S. from 31st to 37th Streets E. for a few blocks at a time. The crews will also close the 3000 block of 13th Ave. S.

CenterPoint Energy will have nearby construction occurring, including on 17th Avenue S. between Lake Street E. and 38th Street E., and future construction in the Phillips Neighborhood. (A web page will be made available.)

What will happen on Elliot Ave. S. between 31st and 37th St. E.?

While the first main will be small-diameter plastic, typically bored underground, the second main will be large-diameter steel. Since the crews weld the pieces of the pipe together, the steel main replacement requires open excavation and takes longer to install than the small-diameter plastic main. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather. 

What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?

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.

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 he 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 restoration?

Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. 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.