Project Status - Minneapolis - 61st Street West

10/16/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its 61st Street West project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have installed past the railroad tracks along W. 61st Street.
  • During the weeks of October 15 and 22, the crews will continue to install natural gas main along W. 61st Street east of CenterPoint Energy’s building at 501 W. 61st Street.
  • Also during the week of October 22, the crews will install natural gas main along the north side of W. 61st Street at Lyndale Avenue S.
  • Two-way traffic is being maintained on W. 61st Street.
  • Further construction is happening concurrently by Meyer Construction, in coordination with the City of Minneapolis for the city’s “61st Street West Reconstruction” project. Crews from Meyer Construction have shut down Harriet Avenue between W. 60th Street and W. 61st Street to install their storm sewer across Harriet Avenue at W. 61st Street. 



9/20/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its 61st Street West project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation are continuing to install natural gas main along W. 61st Street. Currently they are at Harriet Avenue heading west to Lyndale Avenue. They will be working across 501 W. 61st Street for the rest of the week of September 17. During the week of September 24, they will be working across 601 W. 61st Street. The rainy weather during the week of September 17 has been a factor in the crews’ progress.
  • Further construction is being coordinated with the City of Minneapolis for the city’s “61st Street West Reconstruction” project. Currently crews from Meyer Construction are installing storm sewers along W. 61st Street west of the railroad tracks, heading west. During the week of September 24, crews from Xcel Energy will be installing electrical poles on the north side of W. 61st Street. More information on these utilities’ work can be found on Minneapolis’s website.



8/23/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its 61st Street West project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Until Friday, August 31, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will continue installing natural gas main along W. 61st Street from Pillsbury Avenue S. to the railroad tracks west of Pillsbury Avenue S.
  • After that, the crews will install natural gas main at Lyndale Avenue S. and W. 61st Street.
  • Within the middle of October, Michels Corporation’s work on the project’s natural gas mains is scheduled to be done.
  • Crews from Meyer Construction will be paving the roads in coordination with the City of Minneapolis’s “61st Street West Reconstruction” project, which has begun this year and will last throughout the 2018 construction season. For more information on the city’s project, please visit its website. 



8/16/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its 61st Street West project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Starting tomorrow on Friday, August 17, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be working along W. 61st Street from Pillsbury Avenue S. to the railroad tracks west of Pillsbury Avenue S. There will be one-way traffic going westbound. This will remain in effect until Friday, August 24. During this time, the crews will work on Saturday, August 18, during business hours approved by the City of Minneapolis. They will not be working on Sunday, August 19.



8/3/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its 61st Street West project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • From Tuesday, July 31, to Friday, August 10, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will maintain one-way traffic on W. 61st Street heading westbound from Nicollet Avenue to Wentworth Avenue to install natural gas main. There will be no parking on the north or south side of W. 61st Street in this area. Detour signs are placed on site.
  • The intersection of Nicollet Avenue and W. 61st Street is open.
  • The crews have connected all the natural gas service lines to the installed mains. 



7/18/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its 61st Street West project. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be closing the following lanes:
    • Several northbound and southbound lanes along Nicollet Avenue at W. 61st Street
    • The westbound entrance going into W. 61st Street from northbound and southbound Nicollet Avenue
    • The eastbound entrance from W. 61st Street onto Nicollet Avenue
  • This closure will last from the morning of Friday, July 20, to the evening of Monday, July 23. The following conditions will occur during this closure:
    • Drivers can still go north and south on Nicollet Avenue. This area will be maintained with two police officers flagging traffic. There will be “Be Prepared to Stop” signs on Nicollet Avenue and E. 61st Street, notifying incoming drivers of the road closure.
    • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will temporarily restore the road so that drivers can access the road.
    • Until the traffic signs are removed, parking will be restricted along W. 61st Street between Blaisdell Avenue and Nicollet Avenue and also along Nicollet Avenue for about 250 feet north and south of W. 61st Street.


6/8/2018​

Where, when, and why is Cent​erPoint Energy performing construction?

Beginning on Monday, June 18, and lasting into the rest of the 2018 season, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains in Minneapolis along the following streets:

  • W. 61st Street between Lyndale Avenue S. and Nicollet Avenue
  • W. 60th Street between Pillsbury Avenue S. and Nicollet Avenue
  • Ha​rriet Avenue between W. 60th Street and W. 61st Street

CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done in coordination with the City of Minneapolis’s “61st Street West Reconstruction​” project, which has begun this year and will last throughout the 2018 construction season. For more information on the city’s project, please visit its website.

What are the estimated traffic impacts?

  • Until July 4, there will be two-way traffic maintained with parking restrictions along the affected roads.
  • After July 4, W. 60th Street will be closed to through traffic. Local businesses and residents will have access to their properties.  
  • Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will restore the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction—typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer’s yard.

How may the natural gas service line in​stallations affect customers?

  • As part of this main project, the crews will be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer’s property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line.
  • Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CNP will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at CenterPointEnergy.com/BeSafe.

Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page. In addition, you can contact one of the following CenterPoint Energy resources. Please reference the project name or number 85467562:

  • Information Hotline:
    • email: csv.constructionservices@centerpointenergy.com
    • phone: 612-321-5369
  • Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson:
    • phone: 612-321-5546
  • Restoration Department:
    • email: csv.restoration@centerpointenergy.com
    • phone: 612-321-5042

We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you.