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A portion of this project has been postponed to 2023. For approximately two months at a date that is to be determined, a crew will replace the large-diameter natural gas steel main. More information will be provided closer to the start date. We appreciate your patience and wish you a good fall season.
From Wednesday, March 30 to Monday, April 4 or Tuesday, April 5, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have closed the east lane, parking, and sidewalk on 14th Avenue S. from 24th to 25th Streets E. to accommodate the plastic main replacement. The crews have flaggers on site helping direct traffic. In these intersections, bikers will have to temporarily share the road with vehicular traffic.
In the weeks of March 28 and April 4, one crew from Michels Corporation plans to replace the first natural gas main, which is small-diameter plastic, on 14th Avenue S. from 22nd to 25th Streets E. In the week of April 11, another Michels Corporation crew plans to connect the service lines to the new main and move inside meters outside. After this work is done, a crew from Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
Unless there are changes to the plan, no full road closures are expected. The crews plan to close the parking, lane, and sidewalk on the side of the road where they’re working. In some areas, parking will be closed on both sides of the road for the safety of the crews and through traffic.
For approximately two months in the summer, another Michels Corporation crew will replace the second main, which is large-diameter steel, along the following streets: 22nd Street E. from 15th to 18th Avenues S.; 15th Avenue S. from 22nd to 24th Streets E.; 24th Street E. from 14th to 15th Avenues S.; and 14th Avenue S. from 24th to 25th Streets E. During this time, the crew plans to repeat the traffic plan that the first two Michels Corporation crews used, unless there are changes.
The crews will put the existing steel main out of service. Constituents may see the crews working along 14th Avenue S. at 22nd, 23rd and 24th Streets E. and along 22nd Street E. at 14th and 15th Avenues S. During this time, the crews anticipate minimal traffic impacts. Q3 Contracting will return to restore the areas affected by this work.
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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