10/18/2021

This week and early into the week of Oct 25, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, is replacing the natural gas main along the following streets: Grand Avenue S. between 27th and 28th Streets; Pleasant Avenue S. between 26th and 27th Streets; Blaisdell Avenue S. between 26th and 28th Streets; 27th Street heading east toward Nicollet Avenue S.; and 28th Street between Blaisdell and 1st Avenues S.


During this time, parking will be restricted on both sides of the roads where the crews are working. The crews will close a lane on 28th Street between Blaisdell and 1st Avenues S. The sidewalk on the north side of 28th Street will be closed, and the south sidewalk will remain open.


In the week of October 25, the crew plans to continue replacing the main on 28th Street between Blaisdell and 1st Avenues S. They will continue replacing the main on 27th Street east from Nicollet Avenue S.

10/7/2021

A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas main on Aldrich Avenue S. from 26th to 27th Streets E. and on 27th Street E. from Emerson to Bryant Avenues S. They have closed 27th Street just east of Lyndale Avenue S. until approximately Monday, October 11. During this time, the alley between Lyndale and Garfield Avenues S. will remain open. Detour signs will lead drivers south on Lyndale Avenue, east on 28th Street, north on Harriet Avenue, and west on 26th Street.


Beginning on Tuesday, October 12 and lasting for approximately one week, the crews will replace the gas main on Garfield and Grand Avenues S. from 27th to 28th Streets E. During this time, the crew will close the north side of 28th Street E. at Grand Avenue S. Detour signs will lead drivers west on 27th Street W., south on Garfield Avenue S., and east on 28th Street W.

9/28/2021

A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the project’s natural gas mains. They started on 27th Street at Emerson Avenue S., working east. Currently, no parking signs are placed from Emerson to Bryant Avenues S. Beginning tomorrow on Wednesday, September 29, no parking signs will be extended from Bryant to Garfield Avenues S. Beginning on Thursday, September 30, they will post no parking signs on Aldrich Avenue S. from 27th to 26th Streets.


As the crews move east, they will remove the no parking signs.


From Monday, October 4 to approximately Friday, October 8 or Monday, October 11, the crews will close 27th Street just east of Lyndale Avenue S. During this time, the alley between Lyndale and Garfield Avenues S. will remain open. Detour signs will lead drivers south on Lyndale Avenue, east on 28th Street, north on Harriet Avenue, and west on 26th Street.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in the week of September 27 and lasting into late fall 2021 or spring 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along the following streets: 27th Street between Emerson and 3rd Avenues S.; Aldrich and Pleasant Avenues S. from 27th to 26th Streets W.; Garfield, Grand, and 2nd Avenues S. from 27th to 28th Streets W.; Blaisdell Avenue S. from 26th to 28th Streets W.; and 28th Street W. from Blaisdell to 1st Avenues S.


While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, connect the natural gas service lines to the new main, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.

What are the traffic impacts?

For most of the project’s duration, parking and lane closures will occur where the crews are working. The crews will temporarily close the following streets at different times: 27th Street W. from Lyndale Avenue S. to the alley between Lyndale and Garfield Avenues S.; the northern half of the intersection of Grand Avenue S. and 28th Street W.; and 27th Street W. from Nicollet to the alley between Nicollet and 1st Avenues S.

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 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.

What should I expect during restoration?

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.