Minneapolis – Kenwood Neighborhood

Scheduled Start Date: September 27, 2021

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Project Resources

  • If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or number 97836506.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in the week of September 27 and lasting into summer 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along the following streets:

  • 21st Street W. from Thomas Avenue S. to the alley between Penn and Oliver Avenues S.
  • 22nd Street W. between Thomas Avenue S. and Kenwood Parkway
  • Kenwood Parkway between 21st and 22nd Streets W.
  • Sheridan Avenue S. between 22nd Street W. and Burnham Road
  • Upton Avenue S. between Burnham Road and Kenilworth Place

While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, connect the natural gas service lines to the new main, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.

The crews will close one or more blocks at a time to through traffic, detouring traffic to the next block or two over. They will move the traffic barriers as they progress to the next block. One sidewalk will be closed at a time. In some areas, only parking will be restricted. Flaggers may be on site helping direct traffic.

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

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.

What should I expect during restoration?

When the weather is conducive for permanent 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. 

This year, Q3 Contracting will follow Michels Corporation to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. When the weather is too cold for permanent restoration, the crews will put temporary restoration down. This will include asphalt for areas that were previously concrete, and there will be hydromulch over boulevards and lawns.