Projects 2 and 3: 5/2/2024

Project 2

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been and will continue to move inside meters outside by appointment and replace and/or reconnect service lines to the newly installed gas mains. Moving inside meters outside allows for easier maintenance and shutoff in the unlikely event of an emergency.


In mid-May, they plan to finish all the natural gas work for this project. Currently, the crews are working on all the project’s streets. As the crews are working on each block, they post “no parking” signs on that block and close one sidewalk at a time, leaving the other open. Although they typically work on one block for about one week, they accommodate residents’ schedules and work throughout the project area.


Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, follows to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, typically a few weeks after the natural gas work is done. Residents should see temporary backfill such as gravel or dirt on excavations. Hard surfaces such as sidewalks will be restored to their original condition. Soft surfaces such as boulevards and lawns will receive black dirt, grass seed, and netting that degrades over about four months.


If any utility flags are in your yard, we ask that they remain there until after the restoration is done. We appreciate your patience as we’re upgrading our infrastructure. We wish you a great season!


Project 3

Correction: Michels Corporation plans to finish their natural gas work for Project 3 by mid-May. This includes moving inside meters outside by appointment and replacing some service lines as needed. With a similar timeframe for Project 2, Q3 Contracting will follow a few weeks after to restore the areas affected by the gas work.

Projects 1 and 2: 4/24/2024

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are working on Projects 1 and 2 of 3 in the Armatage Neighborhood.


Project 1: Crews from Q3 Contracting are restoring the areas affected by natural gas work in fall and winter of 2023. Permanent restoration will include the original condition (concrete or asphalt) of the hard surfaces affected, and it will include black dirt, grass seed, and biodegradable netting on boulevards and lawns. The netting degrades over about four months.


This April and May, the crews have been and will continue to work in Minneapolis and other cities in CenterPoint Energy’s service territory in Minnesota to restore the areas affected by natural gas work of fall and winter 2023. We thank you for your patience!


Project 2: Crews from Michels Corporation are replacing the small-diameter natural gas plastic main and are beginning to move inside meters outside by appointment and replace and/or reconnect natural gas service lines to this new main.


The plastic main replacement will continue into the week of April 29. The crew put new main under the east sidewalk of Upton Avenue S. between 55th Street W. and 58th Street W. and the south sidewalk of 58th Street W. between Xerxes Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S. They’ll put new main under the south sidewalk of 54th Street W. from Upton Avenue S. to 2619 54th Street W.


The service line and meter crew are following the main crew’s route and anticipate working into late May.


Q3 Contracting will follow Michels Corporation’s work. Typically, restoration begins a few weeks after the natural gas service line and meter work is finished. We appreciate your patience!

Project 2: 4/9/2024

This week is the first week of CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas line replacement project, which is the second of three projects CenterPoint will do in the Armatage Neighborhood this year.


On Thursday, April 11, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will begin replacing the natural gas plastic main, which is a small-diameter pipe that will be bored underneath the odd-numbered sidewalk on Upton Avenue S.


Into next week, the crew plans to bore the main between 55th and 57th Streets W. Residents may see sidewalk panels removed, usually one in front of each house. Parking will be closed on both sides of Upton Avenue S. in this area. The east sidewalk will be closed, while the west will remain open. Vehicular traffic can still travel here.


Into the last week of April, the crew plans to install natural gas plastic main under the south sidewalk of 58th Street W. between Xerxes and Upton Avenues S.; the east sidewalk of Upton Avenue S. from 57th to 58th Streets W. and from 54th Street W. halfway to Robbins Street; and the south sidewalk of 54th Street W. from Upton Avenue S. to 2619 54th Street W.


Parking and sidewalk closures will happen on these streets as they happened on Upton Avenue S. The exception will include road closures to through traffic on 58th Street W. between Xerxes and Washburn Avenues S. and on 58th Street W. from Upton Avenue S. to the alley between Upton Avenue S. and Thomas Circle. The timing of these closures will be determined.


If the crews work on some Saturdays in April, the construction hours will be determined.

What will CenterPoint Energy do in 2024?

To finish the work that began in 2023 (Project 1), crews will return in spring or early summer 2024 to permanently restore the areas that received winter restoration. When permanent soft surface restoration happens in 2024, here is what to expect: On boulevards and lawns, they will refill the areas with black dirt, grass seed, and netting made of wood fiber that degrades over about four months. Prior to mowing the restored area, remove any loose staples that secured the netting.


For a few months in the 2024 construction season (Project 2), CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work on Upton Avenue S. from 55th to 58th Streets W. and on 58th Street W. from Upton to Xerxes Avenues S. to replace natural gas mains, replace or reconnect service lines to the new main, move inside meters outside, and restore the affected areas.


Five types of work will happen. The first is replacing the small-diameter plastic main underneath sidewalks. The second is replacing and/or reconnecting service lines to this new main. The third is moving inside meters outside by appointment. The fourth is replacing a large-diameter steel main through trenching the road. The fifth is restoring the areas affected by the gas work.

Project 1: 12/6/2023

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are finishing the 2023 portion of the project. While Michels Corporation will finish replacing the last of the project’s natural gas lines this week, Q3 Contracting is following to put down winter erosion control and restoration materials.


Winter restoration includes straw mats or hydroseed on boulevards and lawns, and asphalt on previously concrete areas. In spring 2024, the crews will return for permanent restoration. Q3 Contracting anticipates finishing their winter restoration efforts in one or a few weeks.


We appreciate your patience tremendously as we are upgrading our natural gas infrastructure.

What will CenterPoint Energy do in 2023?

For several months this 2023 construction season, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work on select streets throughout the Armatage Neighborhood in Minneapolis. The project’s area is between 54th and 58th Streets W. and between Xerxes and Penn Avenues S.


Equix Integrity will update our records on the locations of sewer lines in relation to natural gas lines. A natural gas contractor will move inside meters to the outside of homes and replace natural gas service lines as needed. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by the gas contractor’s work. There will be no assessment or cost associated with our work.