​​Project Status - Minneapolis - Central Avenue NE (Highway 65)

9/1/2017
Today on Friday, September 1, CenterPoint Energy is finishing construction on its Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) project in Minneapolis. The project began on May 23, 2017. Below are the project details:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed natural gas mains along Central Avenue NE between 13th Avenue NE and 27th Avenue NE. The crews also connected the natural gas service lines to the new mains.
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are finishing the restoration of the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. The traffic control devices associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work will be pulled today or early within the week of September 4.
  • Any further restoration will be done by road contractors from the City of Minneapolis ​or Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). For any questions regarding the City of Minneapolis’s work, please visit their Public Works Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) page or call 311.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction process.




8/22/2017

What is the progress of construction?

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are nearing completion for construction on the Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) project in Minneapolis. The crews have installed the entire natural gas main for the project. Currently, the main is installed along Central Avenue NE between 13th Avenue NE and 27th Avenue NE.
  • For this week (August 21 to 25), the crews will finish connecting all the natural gas service lines to the installed main along Central Avenue NE and 27th Avenue NE. While the crews have been working in this area, they have closed the entrance going eastbound into 27th Avenue NE from Central Avenue NE. Detour signs are leading drivers to 27th Avenue NE via 26th Avenue NE and Jackson Street NE or Polk Street NE. These traffic plans will stay in place until the middle of the week of August 28.
  • Restor​ation will be done by crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, and road contractors from the City of Minneapolis. Restoration will take place during the weeks of August 21 and 28. When restoration is complete, crews from Q3 will remove the traffic signs within the week of August 28.




7/20/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are progressing in construction along Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) in Minneapolis.

Where are the crews now?

  • The crews have installed natural gas main at the intersection of 22nd Avenue NE (Phase 1) and have opened the lane restrictions that were previously there.
  • For the entire project, the crews have finished Phase 2, which is connecting the natural gas service lines to the main installed earlier in the project.
  • Currently the crews are installing natural gas main at the intersections of 20th Avenue NE and 27th Avenue NE along Central Avenue NE. Two-way traffic is being maintained along Central Avenue NE with the following closures:

20th Avenue NE
  • The crews have closed the northbound lane on Central Avenue NE until Friday, July 28. During this time, drivers can’t access 20th Avenue NE from Central Avenue NE.
  • The entrance is closed to through traffic during active construction. However, drivers can access 20th Avenue NE via 19th or 22nd Avenues NE and Polk Street NE.
  • This closure will allow for the crews from Michels Corporation to install natural gas main. Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will restore the areas affected by construction (Phase 3).

27th Avenue NE
  • Crews from Michels Corporation will be installing natural gas main at the intersection of Central Avenue NE for the next five weeks. This duration will include restoration of the areas affected by construction, which will be completed by crews from Q3.
    • ​The crews will be working on Saturdays as needed until the end of construction. Saturday hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The crews’ first Saturday will be July 22.
    • ​During these five weeks of construction, the crews have closed the east and west sides of Central Avenue NE at 27th Avenue NE.
    • ​Currently, the crews have closed the northbound lane on Central Avenue NE and will open it tomorrow on Friday, July 21.
    • ​Starting on July 21, the crews will close the southbound lane on Central Avenue NE for one week until Friday, July 28.​



7/12/2017

​Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have closed 22nd Avenue NE from the east side of Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) to the alley between Central Avenue NE and Polk Street NE. This closure will remain in place until Friday, July 14.


The closures mentioned in the update published below from July 7, 2017, will remain the same according to their respective dates.




7/7/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are installing natural gas main along Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) from 20th Avenue NE to 22nd Avenue NE (Phase 1). Two-way traffic is being maintained along Central Avenue NE with the following closures:

  • One southbound lane closure from 22nd to 20th Avenues NE. The southbound sidewalk is also closed.
  • One northbound lane closure from 20th to 22nd Avenues NE. The northbound sidewalk is open.
  • These closures will remain in place until July 28. By then, crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will have restored the areas affected by construction and will have removed the traffic barriers.
  • ​The crews also connected natural gas service lines to the new main at Central Avenue NE and 22nd Avenue NE during the week of June 19 (Phase 2).



6/19/2017
13th to 14th Avenues NE
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are continuing installation of the natural gas main on 13th and 14th Avenues NE on Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) (Phase 1):

  • One northbound lane is closed south of 14th Avenue NE
  • ​One southbound lane is closed from south of 14th Avenue NE to 13th Avenue NE

These lanes will be closed until Friday, June 30. During this time, they will reopen for one day on Tuesday, June 20, before reclosing.

Crews from Michels Corporation are also connecting natural gas service lines to the new mains along the construction route (Phase 2). For the week of June 19, they will be working behind the Phase 1 crews.

When Michels Corporation is finished installing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the mains on these streets, crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin restoring the areas affected by construction (Phase 3).

20th to 22nd Avenues NE
Concurrently while crews are working on the aforementioned streets, Michels Corporation will begin installing natural gas main on Central Avenue NE from 20th to 22nd Avenues NE on Wednesday, June 21.

The remaining construction is on schedule to last until late July 2017.



6/9/2017

Where are the crews now?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, installed natural gas main on Central Avenue NE (Phase 1) from 13th to 14th Avenues NE. Yesterday on Thursday, June 8, the crews began connecting the natural gas service lines to the new main (Phase 2). Phase 2 on Central Avenue NE from 13th to 14th Avenues NE will be done by Monday, June 12.

Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are currently restoring the areas affected by construction on Central Avenue NE (Phase 3).

Where will the crews be next?

Starting on Tuesday, June 13, Michels Corporation will begin installing natural gas main in the eastbound curb side of 14th Avenue NE from Central Avenue NE to Van Buren Street NE. Parking will be unavailable on the eastbound curb side of when active construction is occurring. Traffic will be shifted to westbound lanes on 14th Avenue NE.​



5/26/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are continuing to work on the natural gas mains on the Central Avenue NE project.​

The southbound lane on Central Avenue NE from 13th to 14th Avenues NE will remain closed for the next two weeks. The crews have placed safety barricades for pedestrians to use the southbound sidewalk on Central Avenue NE.

Beginning June 1, the crews will close the eastbound parking lane on 14th Avenue NE from Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) to Van Buren Street NE. This closure will last for up to two weeks, during which time the crews will maintain two-way traffic where active construction is occurring.​



5/22/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin construction on the Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) project tomorrow on Tuesday, May 23.

Beginning today on Monday, May 22, the crews are closing the southbound lane on Central Avenue NE nearest to the west curb from 13th to 14th Avenues NE. This closure will remain for two weeks until June 2 or 9. ​

Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status web page.



5/5/2017

​What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in Minneapolis the week of May 15, 2017, prior to the start of Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Highway 65 project. Project construction is expected to last until late July 2017. (Frequent updates will be posted on CenterPoint Energy’s website.) Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas mains along Central Avenue NE (Highway 65) at the following intersections: 14th Avenue NE, 20th Avenue NE, 22nd Avenue NE and 27th Avenue NE. (See map below.) The crews will be starting at the south end of the project at 14th Avenue NE working north to 27th Avenue NE.

Lane and parking restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

Construction will happen in three phases: 

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the gas service lines to the new main along the same construction route. (A gas service line is a small-diameter pipe connecting the customer’s gas service to the main line in the street.)
  • ​Phase 3 is restoring the areas affected by construction—typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer’s yard.

How may construction affect customers?

As part of this main project, the crews will also 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, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience. ​