Minneapolis – Armatage Neighborhood
Anticipated timeline: Mid-October into late fall 2023, pause for winter, resume in spring 2024
- If you contact CenterPoint Energy, please reference the project’s name “Pennhurst ISM.”
This year and next, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work on the following streets throughout the Armatage and Kenny Neighborhoods in Minneapolis:
- Oliver Avenue S. from 58th to 62nd Streets W.
- Newton Avenue S. from 58th to 61st Streets W.
- Morgan Avenue S. from 58th to 62nd Streets W. (and cul-de-sac)
- Logan Avenue S. from 58th to 59th Streets W. and from 60th to 62nd Streets W.
- Knox Avenue S. from 58th to 59th Streets W. and from 60th to 62nd Streets W.
- James Avenue S. from 58th Street W. to Irving Avenue S. and from 60th to 61st Streets W.
- Irving Avenue S. from 58th to 59th Streets W.
- 61st Street W. from Knox Avenue S. to Grass Lake Terrace
- Grass Lake Terrace at 59th Street W.
There will be no assessment or cost associated with our work. Equix Integrity updates our records on the locations of sewer lines in relation to natural gas lines. From mid-October into November 2023, a natural gas contractor will move inside meters to the outside of homes and replace natural gas service lines as needed. At times to be determined, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by the gas contractor’s work.
If Q3 Contracting begins restoring soft surfaces after mid-October, they plan to put down winter erosion control blankets. If they begin restoring hard surfaces after mid-November, they plan to restore with temporary asphalt. In 2024, they will return for permanent restoration.
CenterPoint Energy will contact Gopher State One Call 811 to locate public underground utilities such as water, sewer, and cable. You will see markings such as spray paint and utility flags. They will be color-coordinated to indicate a separate utility.
If you have installed any private lines such as sprinklers or dog fences, we ask that you mark them with whatever material is convenient for you. Examples include spray paint, flags, and wooden sticks used to stir paint. Marking sprinkler heads is sufficient.
The customer will receive a CenterPoint Energy postcard in the mail explaining the project before the natural gas crews perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs. After the customer receives the postcard, the technician 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.
Service line and meter work
One natural gas crew typically works on about one block per week. They will either fully replace the service line or reconnect it to the new main, depending on the line’s age. For most properties, the crews remove at least one sidewalk panel in front of the house, excavate a hole by the outside meter, and bore the service line from the sidewalk to the house.
For inside meters, the crew will make a two- to three-hour appointment at a time that works with the resident. We encourage customers to work with the crew on where they want the meter to go, keeping limitations in mind such as a minimum of three feet away from areas such as windows, doors, and vents. Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains.
The technician 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.
After the service line and meter work, the gas crew will backfill the excavated areas with dirt or gravel. This will be temporary before the restoration crew comes.
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 photo examples, please visit our Restoration Practices page
We hope to minimize the disruption as much as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we replace our infrastructure. We wish you a great season.