Project Updates - Minneapolis - Lake Street W. from Blaisdell to 5th Avenues S.
The crews are continuing to replace the natural gas mains and connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains along Lake Street on the east and west sides of I-35W. The crews are continuing to work in coordination with crews from Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing the natural gas main between 2nd and 3rd Avenues S., working east toward 5th Avenue S.
By Wednesday, May 6, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, anticipate replacing the natural gas main on the south side of Lake Street between Nicollet and Stevens Avenues S. In this area for the weeks of May 4 and 11, the crews plan to connect the natural gas service lines to the new main and remove the existing natural gas main from this location.
Afterward the crews will begin natural gas work on Lake Street between 3rd and Clinton Avenues S., working east.
By the first week of May, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, anticipate finishing the natural gas work—including replacing the natural gas main, connecting the service lines to the new main, and putting the existing natural gas main out of service—on Lake Street W. between Blaisdell and Stevens Avenues S. Currently the crews are working within the traffic control plans of the City of Minneapolis and Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Within the first or second week of May, the crews plan to begin replacing the natural gas main on Lake Street E. between 2nd and 5th Avenues S.
CenterPoint Energy’s project is anticipated to last from mid-April to late May or early summer 2020 with work from CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors. The crews will start at Blaisdell Avenue S. working east toward 5th Avenue S. Crews from Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains and connect natural gas service lines to the new mains. Crews from Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Installing replacement gas mains:
According to the Governor of Minnesota’s order
, gas main replacement is an essential work function. This allows for the modernization of related gas facilities. The gas main work requires excavations in various locations in the right-of-way (front yard) to facilitate the installation work. Connecting service lines to the new mains:
As social distancing practices and proper use of PPE, face masks and gloves have become normalized and as customers are willing to allow properly protected personnel into their homes to complete required work to modernize gas facilities, which is essential work, CenterPoint Energy authorized contractors will enter customer homes to complete work only with customer permission. Please see our flyer below:
The purpose of our flyer is to advise that with customer permission, crews will now enter homes to complete necessary gas meter work. If you choose not to allow crews to enter your home, gas service will not be interrupted, and we will reschedule for a time better suited to concerns you may have. Crews will continue to replace service lines. Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement.
Traffic impacts: Two-way traffic will be maintained on Lake Street. Lane and parking restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe. Local access will be maintained.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at CenterPointEnergy.com/BeSafe.
For any questions, you can contact one of the following resources:
- Hannah Gullickson – 612-321-5546
Please reference the project name when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.