What will CenterPoint Energy do?

In the weeks of May 31 and June 6, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will replace a large-diameter natural gas steel main along Edgewater Boulevard from Nokomis Lane to Cedar Avenue S. During this time, Edgewater Boulevard will be closed for one or two blocks at a time. Detour signs will lead through traffic either south on Nokomis Lane and north on 16th Avenue S., or north on Cedar Avenue, west on 52nd Street W., south on Bloomington Avenue, west on 54th Street W., and south on Edgewater Boulevard.

Since the crews weld the pieces of the pipe together, the steel main replacement requires open excavation and takes longer to install than the small-diameter plastic main. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather.

Following this work, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of projects by the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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.