Minneapolis – 53rd Avenue N.

Scheduled Start Date: May 3, 2021

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Project Resources

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From May 3 into summer 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along 53rd Avenue N. between Oliver Avenue N. and 4th Street N.

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 outside the limits of the City of Minneapolis’s 53rd Avenue N. Resurfacing and Webber Park Resurfacing.

What are the traffic impacts?

  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on 53rd Avenue N. The crews will work in the southern eastbound lane of 53rd Avenue N. 
    • Parking will be restricted on both sides of 53rd Avenue N. in areas of active construction. Parking may be restricted just north and south of 53rd Avenue N. in areas of active construction. 
    • While the south sidewalk will be closed, the north sidewalk will remain open. The crews may need to alternate sidewalk closures.

  • Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained on the cross streets except for Fremont and Colfax Avenues N. at separate times.
    • When the crews close the southern half of the intersection of Fremont and 53rd Avenues N., detour signs will lead through traffic to Emerson Avenue N. and 52nd Avenue N.
    • When the crews close the southern half of the intersection of Colfax and 53rd Avenues N., detour signs will lead through traffic to Bryant Avenue N. and 52nd Avenue N.

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 arrive, they will leave a door tag with their contact information to schedule an appointment with them.

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.