9/17/2021

During the weeks of September 13 and 20, a crew from Michels Corporation has been and will continue to replace the project’s natural gas mains along Irving Avenue N. and 22nd Avenue N. To help expedite the construction process, they will work tomorrow on Saturday, September 18 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


In the week of September 27, the crews plan to replace the natural gas main on James Avenue N. from West Broadway Avenue to 25th Avenue N.


While the crews are working on each block, traffic will remain open. One sidewalk will be closed at a time. Parking will be restricted on both sides of the roads where the crews are working. The no parking signs will be removed when the crews are done working on that block.

9/10/2021

For approximately 1.5 weeks starting this week, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will replace the natural gas main on Ilion Avenue N., working north from James Avenue N. to 25th Avenue N. During this time, they will have parking restricted on both sides of Ilion Avenue N. One sidewalk will be closed at a time, since the crews will be replacing a main on each side of Ilion Avenue N.


In late September, this crew will replace the main on 22nd Avenue N. and Irving Avenue N. off Ilion Avenue N. During this time, parking will be restricted on both sides of the roads where active construction is happening. Sidewalk closures will alternate.


Except when they need to park equipment, the crews will remove the no parking signs when they are done replacing the main. These no parking signs will come back when another Michels Corporation crew will connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains.

8/23/2021

A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will begin replacing the project’s natural gas mains on Wednesday, August 25. They will start on James Avenue N., working south from Hillside Avenue N. to West Broadway Avenue for approximately 1.5 to 2 weeks. During this time, parking will be restricted on both sides of James Avenue N., and one sidewalk will be closed at a time.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in the week of August 16 and lasting into spring or summer 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis. Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. During this time, lane or parking closures may occur along the following streets:


25th Avenue N. between Penn. and Ilion Avenues N.; Hillside Avenue and 24th Avenue N. between 25th Avenue N. and Logan Avenue N.; Willow Avenue N. between Penn and Logan Avenues N.; Newton Avenue N. between 26th and 24th Avenues N.; Logan Avenues N. between 26th and 25th Avenues N.; James Avenue N. between 26th Avenue N. and West Broadway Avenue; Ilion Avenue N. between 25th Avenue N. and James Avenue N.; Irving Avenue N. between 24th and 22nd Avenues N. and between Hillside and James Avenues N.; 22nd Avenue N. between Ilion and Irving Avenues N.; and Hillside Avenue N. between Irving and Girard Avenues N.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?

The construction crews and personnel will continue to use the Covid-19 Customer Permission Flyer, which requests customer permission prior to entering homes. Personnel, contractors and CenterPoint Energy employees will continue to practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitary practices and wearing face masks when entering customer homes.

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 arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.


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 restoration?

Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. 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.