​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Status - Minneapolis - 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. Lake Street​​​

5/24/2017

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are currently restoring the areas affected by construction on the 26th Avenue S. project from E. 22nd Street to E. Lake Street in Minneapolis. Restoration is expected to be finished by Friday, May 26. After restoration is complete, the crews will remove the traffic barriers from the construction area.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank the residents and customers for their patience.​



5/12/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

In the 2016 construction season, CenterPoint Energy completed the installation of new natural gas mains and connected natural gas service lines along 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. Lake Street in Minneapolis. In the 2017 construction season, crews from CenterPoint Energy will return to grout the inside of the existing pipeline along the same construction route.

Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin this project in the week of May 15, 2017. Project construction is expected to last until the middle or end of June 2017. (Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page.)

How may construction affect customers?

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.

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. ​



12/13/16 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • Crews from CenterPoint Energy are scheduled to finish construction on the 26th Avenue S. project by this Christmas or early January.
  • The remaining work involves the total of about 37 natural gas service lines being connected to the newly-installed natural gas distribution main. They will be located along 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street.
  • After the connections are done, the crews will restore the areas affected by construction. The northbound lane closure on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street will remain in effect until restoration is done
  • CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience.​



12/8/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy's progress?

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have connected the newly-installed natural gas distribution main on 26th Avenue S. to the existing mains intersecting on E. Lake Street and E. 26th Street.
  • ​Crews from CenterPoint Energy called Construction & Maintenance will be resuming the final work on 26th Avenue S.

Where will the crews be next?

  • The approximate end date is the near the end of December. If necessary the crews will work into mid-January.
  • During that time, the northbound lane will remain closed on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street. The remaining work involves the following:
    • ​​​​Connecting about 37 gas service lines in the northern half of the project (26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street)
    • ​Restoring the areas affected by construction​


12/2/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are connecting the newly-installed natural gas distribution main on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street.
  • ​During the remainder of the project, the northbound lane on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street will remain closed.

Where will the crews be next?

  • Michels Corporation plans to finish the project during the week of December 12. By then, the main will be finished and the roads should be restored and opened by CenterPoint Energy’s contractor Q3.
  • Due to the end of the construction season, Q3 plans to return in the spring to permanently restore the hard surfaces. For now, the crews will temporarily restore the hard surfaces.​



11/23/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • The crews have blacktopped and opened 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street.
  • They are currently blacktopping 26th Avenue S. from E. 25th Street to E. 26th Street.
  • ​There is still a northbound lane closure on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street.

Where will the crews be next?

  • From about Monday, November 28, to about Friday, December 2, the crews will be de-activating the existing natural gas distribution main on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. Lake Street.
  • During this time, the intersection of 26th Avenue S. and E. 26th Street will have every direction open. The only lane closures will be turning northbound onto 26th Avenue S. from eastbound and westbound E. 26th Street.
The approximate end date for the entire 26th Avenue S. project, including restoration, is Friday, December 9. By then, the roads should be completely opened.​



11/17/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • ​​Installing natural gas distribution main on the intersection of 26th Avenue S. and E. 24th Street
    • ​The northbound lane is closed on 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. 22nd Street. Detour signs will lead drivers onto Minnehaha Avenue or nearby streets. All the eastbound and westbound lanes are open on these intersections.
  • ​Finished restoration on the intersection of 26th Avenue S. and E. 25th Street and opened the road closures on 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street

Where will the crews be next?

  • ​Installing the main on the intersection of 26th Avenue S. and E. 22nd Street
  • Restoring the remaining intersections and finishing the 26th Avenue S. project by approximately Friday, December 9​



11/9/2016 Update

​Where is CenterPoint Energy now?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are estimating the first week of December 2016 to be the finish date for the 26th Avenue S.

The remainder of the new natural gas distribution main will extend along 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street northward to E. 22nd Street.

  • Currently the crews are installing the main between E. 25th Street and E. 26th Street.
  • The crews also finished connecting the gas service lines to the new main in the southern half of the project, from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street. Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are currently restoring the areas affected by construction.
  • During the week of November 14, they will install the main from E. 25th Street to E. 24th Street.
  • By approximately Thanksgiving, the crews plan to finish installing the main up to E. 22nd Street.
  • Within the week of November 28 or December 5, crews from Q3 plan to restore the remaining areas affected by construction.
 
The schedule is subject to change based on weather, the availability of resources and municipal agreements.

What are the traffic plans?

  • From about Tuesday, November 13, to Thursday, November 15, the intersection of 26th Avenue S. and E. 24th Street will have lane closures going eastbound, westbound and northbound. Drivers can access 26th Avenue S. going southbound. A detour leads drivers onto 27th Avenue S. via E. 22nd Street or E. 25th Street.
  • At the intersection of 26th Avenue S. and E. 22nd Street, the only lane closure will be the northbound lane on 26th Avenue S.
  • ​The crews have called in restoration for 26th Avenue S. from E. 25th Street to E. 26th Street. After the road is restored, the road closure will be lifted.​


11/1/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy now?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are currently installing the new natural gas distribution main along 26th Avenue S. from E. 25th Street to E. 26th Street.

The northern half of the project extends along 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. 22nd Street. The project is on schedule to end within the first week of December, construction pending.

What are the traffic plans?

During this time, the northbound lane will remain closed where the crews are installing the new main. The southbound lane will remain open, in addition to the eastbound and westbound lanes in the intersections on this route.

Where are the crews connecting the gas service lines?

The crews are connecting the gas service lines to the new main in the southern half of the project, which extends along 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street. They plan to finish connecting services in that section by about Thursday, November 3, or Monday, November 7, construction pending.

When the roads are restored, the southbound lane closure is expected to be lifted along 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street. The northern half of the main is on schedule to be finished by the first week of December.  ​


10/25/2016 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, finished installing the new natural gas distribution main in the southern half of the project, which extends along 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street S. to E. Lake Street.

Currently, the crews are connecting natural gas service lines to the newly installed main in the southern half. The connections are expected to be finished approximately October 28. By then, the crews plan to finish restoring the roads affected by construction and open the southbound lane closure on 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street S. to E. Lake Street.

The crews are now beginning to install the northern half of the natural gas distribution main along 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street. The installation is expected to take approximately into the first week of December. By then, the crews plan to restore the hard surfaces affected by construction.

The entire 26th Avenue S. project is expected to be finished within the first week of December, construction pending.


10/14/2016 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are working on 26th Avenue S. just north of Minnehaha Avenue (E. 28th Street). They have kept the southbound lane closure from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street and have closed the entrance into Minnehaha Avenue. A detour leads drivers onto 26th Avenue S. via E. 26th Street, Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55) and E. Lake Street.

The crews are close to finishing the southern part of the project, which extends from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street. They plan to open the southbound lane closure on 26th Avenue S. by about Friday, October 21.

When the crews transition to the northern side of the project, they will close the northbound lane on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street.

The crews are also connecting gas service lines to the new main in the southern part of the project. Hard surface restoration is also happening on the curb and concrete in the southern part of the project. The city of Minneapolis will complete the blacktop restoration for the entire project.​


10/5/2016 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are currently working on 26th Avenue S. between E. 28th Street and E. 29th Street toward Minnehaha Avenue (E. 28th Street). Below is the tentative schedule for the southern section, which is from E. Lake Street to E. 26th Street:

  • By about Friday, October 7, the crews plan to finish installing the natural gas distribution main from E. Lake Street to E. 26th Street.
  • ​By about Tuesday, October 18, construction pending, crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, plan to finish restoring the hard surfaces affected by construction.
Until about October 18, the southbound lanes on 26th Avenue S. between E. Lake Street and E. 26th Street will remain closed. They will reopen those lanes when the Michels Corporation crews transition to the northern section of the project, which is from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street.

See information below from September 1, 2016, regarding gas service lines. Crews from Michels Corporation will be connecting about 60 gas service lines to the new main for both the northern and southern sections of the project.


9/28/2016 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are installing the new natural gas distribution main on 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street, working northward from E. Lake Street. They have closed the southbound lanes here and anticipate finishing by about October 21, construction pending.

During this time, the crews have diverted traffic onto the northbound lanes on 26th Avenue S. and have detoured drivers onto E. 26th Street, Hiawatha Avenue and E. Lake Street. (See map for details.)

Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin restoring the hard surfaces along this portion of 26th Avenue S. during the week of September 28 and will remain here for about two weeks.

When 26th Avenue S. is done from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street, crews from Michels Corporation plan to connect the gas service lines to the new main. See our information below for more details on gas service lines. The crews are on schedule to transition to the northern section of 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street after the southern section is done.


9/14/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress on construction?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have begun construction on the new natural gas distribution main on 26th Avenue S. Currently the crews are working on southbound 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. 28th Street.

What are the traffic plans?

The intersection at 26th Avenue S. and E. 28th Street will remain partially open until the crews need to bore the pipe underneath the intersection. When that happens, the crews will detour traffic onto E. 26th Street, Minnehaha Avenue and E. Lake Street.

Until then, drivers can access E. 28th Street and Minnehaha Avenue going west and east, and can drive onto Minnehaha Avenue or E. 28th Street from northbound 26th Avenue S.

What is the next step?

The entire southern half of the project on 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street is expected to take about five weeks. After those five weeks, the crews will transition to the northern half of the project on 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. 22nd Street for an additional five weeks, construction pending.

Existing gas service lines will be connected to the gas main. (A gas service line is a small pipe connecting the resident’s gas to the main line in the street.) The crews will be connecting about 60 existing gas service lines to the gas main. Please see the details below for more information on gas service lines. ​


9/1/2016 Update

What​ is CenterPoint Energy doing?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin construction on the new natural gas pipeline along 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. Lake Street in Minneapolis about the week of September 12. The construction is expected to last through the end of the 2016 construction season. The crews are installing about 4,600 feet of natural gas distribution main along the east side of 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street, and along the west side of 26th Avenue S. from E. 26th Street to E. Lake Street. 

What do "gas service lines" mean for residents​​​?

In addition to the main installation, the crews will be connecting about 60 existing gas service lines to the gas main. (A gas service line is a small pipe connecting the resident’s gas to the main line in the street.) Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service and will be coordinated with the customer. Crews may have to dig in some residents’ properties to achieve this task. If a resident’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will be responsible for restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction. This service and restoration work for this project is at no cost to the customer.​

What will the traffic plans be?

The project’s traffic control will happen in roughly two phases. Phase 1 will have a southbound traffic closed on 26th Avenue S. between E. 26th Street and E. Lake Street for about five weeks. Phase 2 will have the northbound traffic closed on 26th Avenue S. from E. 22nd Street to E. 26th Street for about five weeks. Driveway access will be maintained at all times unless scheduled with property owner.

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience. For specific timeline on the construction area, please call our Information Hotline. For general construction questions about the project, please call our Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson, at 612-321-5546. ​