Last week and this week, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas under the south side of the sidewalk on W. 43rd Street and under the east sidewalk of Bryant Avenue S. From this week into Tuesday, July 19, the crew will replace the main under the north sidewalk of 38th Street W.

From July 19 into Friday, July 22 or into the week of July 25, the crew will replace the main under the north sidewalk of 36th Street W. and the east sidewalk of Bryant Avenue S. just north of 36th Street W. In the intersections where the crews are working, parking will be restricted, and lane shifts will occur.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From early June into August 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis at select intersections along Bryant Avenue S. between 31st and 49th Streets W. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of the City of Minneapolis’s Bryant Avenue S. Reconstruction project.

During this time, traffic will remain open on all the project’s streets. Lane, parking, and sidewalk closures may occur. The sidewalk closures will be coordinated with local businesses to maintain access. Flaggers may be on site to help direct traffic.

At the following streets along Bryant Avenue S., the crews will replace the natural gas main, connect the service lines to the new main, and move inside meters outside: 31st, 32nd, 34th, 36th, 38th, and 43rd Streets W. On the remaining streets, the crews will only connect service lines to the existing main and move inside meters outside: 44th, 46th, and 49th Streets W.

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 soft surface 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.