7/20/2021

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing the natural gas plastic main on the north side of 40th Street W. from Pillsbury to Harriet Avenues S. The crews will continue to work on Saturdays to expedite the project.


When the crews finish replacing the plastic main, they will return to some of the intersections at Pillsbury, Pleasant and Grand Avenues S. to connect the new main to the existing intersecting mains. There will be temporary closures of Pillsbury and Pleasant Avenues S. while the work is being completed, with access opened back up at the end of the workday.


The crews are beginning to connect the natural gas service lines to the plastic main. While one crew is beginning near Stevens Avenue S. this week, another crew is beginning on the west side of Lyndale Avenue S. in the week of July 26.

7/8/2021

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing the natural gas main on the north side of 40th Street W. at the intersections of 1st, Nicollet, Van Nest, and Blaisdell Avenues S. To expedite the construction process, the crews will work Saturdays starting July 10. During this time, parking is restricted on the north side of 40th Street W. and along the shoulders of the intersections.


After this section is done, the crews will connect the new main to the existing intersecting mains at Blaisdell and Wentworth Avenues S. This is anticipated to occur late in the week of July 12 or in the week of July 19.

6/29/2021

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing the first of the two natural gas mains on 40th Street W. between Stevens and Pillsbury Avenues S. The crews replaced the small-diameter plastic main from Stevens Avenue to just east of Van Nest Avenue, working toward Pillsbury Avenue. The crews will connect the new plastic main to the existing intersecting mains at 1st Avenue, Nicollet Avenue, and Van Nest Avenue.


During this time, parking is restricted on the north side of 40th Street W. and along the shoulders of the intersections. Metro Transit line #18 is currently unaffected by Michels Corporation’s work, but the crews will soon work near the stop on the southeast side of Nicollet Avenue.

6/17/2021

Next week, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will begin replacing the first of the two natural gas mains on 40th Street W. The first main, which is small-diameter plastic, will be replaced under the north sidewalk of 40th Street W. The crews will begin at Stevens Avenue S., working west toward Dupont Avenue S.


For a few blocks at a time, the crews will close the north sidewalk of 40th Street W. while maintaining two-way traffic on 40th Street W. Parking will be restricted on both sides of 40th Street W. A closure of Van Nest Avenue may occur at 40th Street W. while the crews cross the street.

6/11/2021

Beginning on June 21 and lasting into late summer or fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along 40th Street W. between Highway 35W and Dupont Avenue S. Michels Corporation will replace two natural gas mains, connect natural gas service lines to the first of the new mains, and move any inside meters to the outside of homes. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.


The first natural gas main is small-diameter plastic that is typically bored underground. Two-way traffic will be maintained on 40th St. W. Some of the cross streets will be closed to through traffic. The second main is large-diameter steel. 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. The crews will fully close several blocks at a time. Closures and openings of the cross streets will alternate. One sidewalk will remain open at a time on 40th St. W. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather. Restoration will follow the steel main work.


Local resident access will be maintained. Steel plates will be used as needed for driveway crossings. Parking will be restricted in areas of active construction and may be restricted on the cross streets. When the crews close northbound Lyndale Avenue at 40th St. W., detour signs will lead drivers to 42nd St. W., Nicollet Ave., and 38th St. W. When the crews close a few blocks of 40th St. W. at a time, detour signs will lead drivers to the next block or two over.

5/20/2021

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the project’s natural gas main on Grand Avenue S. This week the crews have begun connecting the service lines to the new main. On June 7, the crews will return to begin the natural gas line replacement on 40th Street W. On that street, the crews will replace two mains and connect the service lines to the first of the two mains.

Traffic Impacts for Grand Ave. S.

For most of the project’s duration, the crews will maintain two-way traffic on Grand Avenue S. and on the crossing street with a lane shift. On blocks where the crews are working, parking will be restricted on both sides of the road, and one sidewalk will remain open at a time.


The exception will be one full closure on Grand Avenue S. just north of 48th Street W. Detour signs will lead through traffic to 47th Street W., Pleasant Avenue S. and 48th Street W. Within the closure, one sidewalk will remain open at a time. The crews will work with residents on driveway access.


Details for traffic impacts on 40th Street W. will be posted closer to the project’s start date.

Project Description

Beginning on May 10 and lasting into summer 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along Grand Avenue S. between 48th Street W. and Lake Street W. and along 40th Street W. between Highway 35W and Dupont Avenue S. Michels Corporation will remove an existing natural gas main, install a new natural gas main, and connect natural gas service lines to the new or existing natural gas mains. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.