Minneapolis – Howe Neighborhood

Scheduled Start Date: October 31, 2022

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Project Resources

If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or one of the following numbers:

  • 102454348 for the work on 37th, 38th, and 39th Avenues S. and on 39th, 41st, and 42nd Streets E.
  • 102454339 for the work on 40th and 41st Avenues S. and on 43rd Street E.
  • 102454331 for the work on 42nd and 43rd Avenues S.
  • 102453184 for the work on 44th and 45th Avenues S.
  • 102453177 for the work on 40th Street E.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in the week of October 31, lasting into mid-December, pausing for the winter, resuming in spring 2023, and lasting into late spring or early summer 2023, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in the Howe Neighborhood in Minneapolis along the following streets:

  • 37th Avenue S. from 40th Street E. to Minnehaha Avenue
  • 38th Avenue S. from 38th to 42nd Streets E.
  • 39th Avenue S. from 40th to 43rd Streets E.
  • 40th Avenue S. from 38th to 43rd Streets E.
  • 41st Avenue S. from 42nd to 43rd Streets E.
  • 42nd Avenue S. from 38th to 40th Streets E.
  • 43rd Avenue S. from 40th to 42nd Streets E.
  • 44th and 45th Avenues S. from 40th to 43rd Streets E.
  • 39th Street E. halfway from 38th to 39th Avenues S.
  • 40th Street E. from Minnehaha Avenue to 46th Avenue S.
  • 41st Street E. halfway from 39th to 38th Avenues S.
  • 42nd Street E. from 38th to 39th Avenues S.
  • 43rd Street E. from 39th to 40th Avenues S.

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. Michels Corporation plans to replace the project’s mains in fall 2022 and the service lines and meters in spring 2023.

Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition. Depending on the weather, Q3 Contracting may put down temporary restoration, such as asphalt on previously concrete surfaces and winter erosion control on boulevards and lawns, before returning in 2023 for permanent restoration.

Parking, lane, and sidewalk closures may occur. Flaggers may be on site. Anticipated road closures are along 40th Street E. between Minnehaha Avenue and 36th Avenue S. and between 46th Avenue S. and the alley between 45th and 46th Avenues S. The timing of the closures has yet to be determined.

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 arrive, they will leave a door tag with their contact information to schedule an appointment with them.

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 permanent 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. For photo examples, please visit our Restoration Practices page.