Project Status - Minneapolis - East Hennepin Avenue​

6/11/2018
Crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, are making progress in CenterPoint Energy’s “East Hennepin Avenue” project in Minneapolis. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Starting today on Monday, June 11, the crews are installing natural gas main in the southeastern corner of the intersection of Central Avenue SE and 5th Street SE. The right-turn lane from Central Avenue SE to 5th Street SE will be closed, and the left-turn lane from 5th Street SE to Central Avenue SE will be closed. Drivers can still access these streets from any direction.
  • Also starting today on June 11 for a few weeks, the crews will be installing natural gas main along the shoulder of 5th Street NE between the railroad tracks and E. Hennepin Avenue.
  • Starting​ on Monday, June 18, the crews will close 5th Street SE at Central Avenue SE. Detour routes will be posted on site. Drivers can still go north and south on Central Avenue SE but can’t turn left or right onto 5th Street SE. This closure will last for approximately one week. 



6/1/2018
Crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, are making progress in CenterPoint Energy’s “East Hennepin Avenue” project in Minneapolis. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • The crews are currently installing natural gas main at University Avenue and E. Hennepin Avenue.
  • The crews are also connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along E. Hennepin Avenue between 2nd Street and University Avenue. Within the week of June 4, the crews will be connecting natural gas service lines between University Avenue and 4th Street.
  • O​n Thursday, June 7, the crews will be installing natural gas main along 5th Street. 



5/24/2018
Crews from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, are making progress in CenterPoint Energy’s “East Hennepin Avenue” project in Minneapolis. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • By Friday, June 1, the crews will have finished all the pipework west of 2nd Street, both along E. Hennepin Avenue and on Nicollet Island. The pipework includes the natural gas main installations and the natural gas service line connections to the installed mains.
  • Currently the crews are installing natural gas main along E. Hennepin Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street. By the end of the week of May 28, the crews will be installing up to 5th Street, crossing Central Avenue.
  • During the week of May 28 or June 4, the crews will be installing across Central Avenue. During construction, there will always be one lane open in each direction. This area will not be fully closed.
  • T​he intersections of University Avenue and 4th Street remain open. 



5/11/2018
CenterPoint Energy is making progress in its “East Hennepin Avenue” project in Minneapolis. Below are the construction details for this update:

Nicollet Island
  • On Wednesday, May 9, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing a natural gas main by the Nicollet Island Pavilion on Power Street. On Monday, May 14, the crews will resume the installation in this area.
  • Yesterday on Thursday, May 10, the crews were installing on Wilder Street south of E. Hennepin Avenue.

E. Hennepin Avenue
  • The crews will install pipeline along E. Hennepin Avenue across 4th St SE from Monday, May 14, to Monday, 21. The weekday and weekend hours will remain the same according to the update published below from 5/4/2018. (Weekday hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Weekend hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • In the middle of the week of May 14, the crews will begin installing pipeline along E. Hennepin Avenue from 4th Street SE to 5th Street SE. This installation will last until June 2018.
  • Within the week of May 21, the crews will begin connecting natural gas service lines to the natural gas mains the crews installed. The connections will first be occurring along the southern side of E. Hennepin Avenue from 4th Street SE going west.
  • As the conn​ections are made, crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will go behind the Michels Corporation crews and restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation. 



5/7/2018
CenterPoint Energy is making progress in its “East Hennepin Avenue” project in Minneapolis. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • In addition to installing a natural gas main along E. Hennepin Avenue from University Street SE to 4th Street SE (please see our update below from 5/4/2018), crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing natural gas mains on Nicollet Island.
  • Fr​om Wednesday, May 9, to Friday, May 18, the crews will install gas mains on Wilder Street from E. Hennepin Avenue to W. Island Drive, and also in the parking lot of the Minneapolis Park Pavilion. 



5/4/2018
CenterPoint Energy is making progress in its “East Hennepin Avenue” project in Minneapolis. Below are the construction details for this update:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, opened the closure on 2nd Street SE at E. Hennepin Avenue. Although the crews’ barricades will be visible, they will be pushed to the side of the road on 2nd Street SE. Truck traffic will be limited but other vehicular traffic will be fine.
  • Beginning today on Friday, May 4, the crews are installing natural gas main along E. Hennepin Avenue, crossing University Avenue SE. This crossing will be done on Tuesday, May 8.
  • When that crossing is finished, the crews will progress along E. Hennepin Avenue from University Street SE to 4th Street SE. Both entrances into University Street SE and 4th Street SE will remain open during this section of construction.
  • As a reminder, throughout the “East Hennepin Avenue” project the crews will leave the northernmost lane open along E. Hennepin Avenue. Weekday work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The crews will also be working on Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., unless they finish early.
  • The cre​ws will also be working this Sunday, May 6, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., unless they finish early.


4/13/2018
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin construction on CenterPoint Energy’s E. Hennepin Avenue project this Monday, April 16. The project is scheduled to end by early July 2018. Below are the construction details:

  • For the duration of the project, there will be at least one lane open on E. Hennepin Avenue, which is a one-way street. More than one lane may be closed at different times in different places along E. Hennepin Avenue, depending on the crews’ progress. Regardless of the closures, drivers will always be able to go northeast on E. Hennepin Avenue.
  • Residents and businesses will always have foot access to and from their locations. The sidewalks will be left open on either side of E. Hennepin Avenue. The entrances to the parking lots near the construction route will not be blocked.
  • For the duration of the project, the crews will close the southernmost parking lane (going northeast) on E. Hennepin Avenue from 2nd Street to University Avenue. The bike lane on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge will have signage to tell bikers to merge with car lanes.
  • For the next two or three weeks, the crews will also close part of the intersection of E. Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street. Drivers will be able to go northeast on E. Hennepin Avenue, but they can’t turn right onto 2nd Street from E. Hennepin Avenue. Detour signs will be posted on site, leading drivers to University Avenue, Bank Street and Lourdes Place.
  • Crews fro​m Mortenson Company will be working concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy will be performing construction. Mortenson Company will be building a 26-story apartment tower at 333 Hennepin Avenue, which is scheduled to be complete in August 2019. For more information on that project, please visit their website here


3/30/20​18

Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?

Beginning on Monday, April 16, and ending within early July 2018, CenterPoint Energy’s 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:

  • E. Hennepin Avenue from Nicollet Island to 5th Street SE
  • Central Avenue from E. Hennepin Avenue to 6th Street SE
  • 5th Street SE from the Northstar Line – BNSF Railroad to E. Hennepin Avenue
  • Main Street SE from the 1st Avenue Bridge to E. Hennepin Avenue
  • On N​icollet Island, Wilder Street and Merriam Street from E. Hennepin Avenue to Nicollet Island Pavilion

CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done in coordination with Hennepin County’s “Hennepin Avenue NE Concrete Rehabilitation” project, which will begin after July 4, 2018; and with the City of Minneapolis’s paving project on 5th Street NE. For more information on the county’s and city’s projects, please visit their respective websites below:

What are the estimated traffic impacts?

  • Access on E. Hennepin Avenue will be maintained for the duration of the project. Local businesses will have access to their properties at all times. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained.
  • If the crews need to perform work on the weekends, they may need to place partial closures on the side streets.
  • 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.
  • Frequ​ent updates will be provided on this Project Status page.

How may the natural gas service line installations 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.
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.