​​​​​​​​​Project Status - Minneapolis - Main Street NE

12/21/2016 Update

CenterPoint Energy has finished construction on the Main Street NE project in Minneapolis for the 2016 construction season. Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have removed the traffic barriers that were on Main Street NE at the intersections of 5th Avenue NE, Marshall Street NE and 8th and 9th Avenues NE. 


CenterPoint Energy wishes all customers a Happy Holidays and safe end to the 2016 construction season!​



12/16/2016 Update

Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will be removing the traffic barriers on Main Street NE at the corners of 5th Avenue NE, Marshall Street NE and 8th and 9th Avenues NE by about December 20 or 21. The traffic barriers will remain in place until the crews have finished restoring the hard surfaces affected by construction.

By then, the crews will have finished the Main Street NE project. CenterPoint Energy wants to wish customers a Happy Holidays and a safe end to the construction season!​


12/14/2016 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are on schedule to finish the Main Street NE project by approximately December 16. The newly-installed natural gas distribution main has been activated with gas on Main Street NE between 5th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE.

By about Friday, December 16, the crews will have finished the following items:

  • Restoring the areas affected by construction
  • ​Removing traffic barriers from the corners of Main Street NE on 5th Avenue NE, Marshall Street NE and the section between 8th and 9th Avenues NE


12/8/2016 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are on schedule to finish the Main Street NE project by approximately December 16. The newly-installed natural gas distribution main has been activated with gas on Main Street NE between 5th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE. The crews are in the process of de-activating the existing main on Main Street NE.

All other construction details, such as road closures, are the same as noted below from December 1. ​


12/1/2016 Update

Where are the crews now?

  • Connecting the newly-installed natural gas distribution main on 5th Avenue NE to the existing mains between Marshall Street NE and Main Street NE
  • ​Starting this Friday, December 2, the crews will set up a road closure at the intersection of 5th Avenue NE and Main Street NE. Traffic will be detoured around that intersection.

Where will the crews be next week?

  • Connecting the newly-installed main to the existing main on 5th Avenue NE to the existing main between 8th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE.
  • ​The crews will be working in the southern westbound lane. During that time, there will be “No Parking” signs posted in the construction lane. That sidewalk will also be closed.
  • The road closures are expected to be lifted when the construction project is complete. The estimated end date is December 16, unless otherwise noted. ​



11/23/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • ​Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have finished installing the natural gas distribution main on Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE. They have removed their equipment from the median lane on Main Street NE.
  • No work will be done during the Thanksgiving weekend from November 24 to 27.

Where will the crews be next?

  • ​Beginning this Monday, November 28, the crews will return to the site to connect the newly-installed main to the existing mains that intersect it on 5th Avenue NE and between 8th and 9th Avenues NE.
  • ​After the main is connected, crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will restore the last of the areas affected by construction.
  • When restoration is finished, the project on Main Street NE will be completed for the 2016 construction season.​​



11/18/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • By about November 23, the crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, plan to finish work on the northbound and southbound lanes on Main Street NE between 5th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE.
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, should begin hard- and soft-surface restoration on Main Street NE during the week of November 21 or 28.
    • ​The safety barrels in the median on Main Street NE will remain up for safety regulations while the crews are working there.
  • Michels Corporation will finish the remaining work on Main Street NE by about December 16. That work involves connecting Main Street NE to the existing mains intersecting on 5th Avenue NE, Marshall Street NE and 9th Avenue NE.​



11/17/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • The crews have finished connecting all the gas service lines to the newly-installed main on Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE.
  • The crews are finishing final work on the newly-installed natural gas distribution main (which extends on Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE), which includes connecting the new main to the existing mains that intersect it. This work is expected to be done close to the end of November, construction pending.
  • The crews have started restoring the hard-surface areas affected by construction. They plan to finish restoration by about the end of the week of November 21, construction pending. By then, Main Street NE should be open.
  • The blacktop roads will be fully restored. The sidewalks will be temporarily restored in 2016 and fully restored in 2017.​



11/14/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy's progress?​

Because the crews are coming in contact with rock and shale when excavating (e.g. installing the main and connecting the services to the main), the crews are experiencing a delay in construction. The end date is estimated to be after Thanksgiving. CenterPoint Energy apologizes for the delay and wishes to make the construction as efficient as possible.

Where is CenterPoint Energy's progress regarding restoration?

  • ​Beginning tomorrow on Tuesday, November 15, the crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin hard-surface restoration on the finished areas affected by construction.
  • Beginning about Wednesday, November 16, Q3 will restore Main Street NE from 7th Avenue NE to north of 8th Avenue NE.

Important note on restoration: The areas that have been affected by construction are measured and recorded and will be restored to their original condition. Due to the fact that the construction is occurring late in the 2016 construction season, the end date for restoration has been delayed:

  • The soft surfaces will be restored in spring 2017.
  • The hard surfaces will be temporarily restored in this construction season and permanently restored in the 2017 season.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank the residents, business owners and customers for their patience in the crews’ efforts to update the natural gas system in the area.


11/10/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy's progress?

  • ​​Main Street NE is currently closed from 7th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE.
  • ​Sections of eastbound 8th Avenue NE are closed as the crews finish installing the natural gas distribution main. Although the installation will finish on Friday, November 11, the crews will do the final work (connecting the main to the existing intersecting mains) next week.
  • ​The gas service lines are currently being connected to the new main along Main Street NE from 7th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE.

Where will the crews be next week?

  • ​All traffic along Main Street NE from 7th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE will be reopened approximately by Wednesday, November 16.
  • Beginning November 16, the crews will connect the gas service lines along Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 7th Avenue NE.  ​



11/3/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy’s progress?

  • Finished installing the natural gas distribution main on Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE
  • Finished installing the natural gas distribution main on 7th Avenue NE from Marshall Street NE to Main Street NE
  • ​Connecting the gas service lines to the newly installed main on Main Street NE between 7th Avenue NE and north of 8th Avenue NE

What is the next step in construction, beginning the week of November 7?

  • Finish installing the natural gas distribution main on the intersections of 6th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE on Main Street NE
  • ​Finish connecting all the gas service lines to the new main

What are the traffic plans?

  • The crews are working southward on Main Street NE. Currently the northbound and southbound lanes from 7th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE are closed. Traffic is detoured onto Marshall Street NE.
  • ​Restoration has been called in for Main Street NE from 8th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE. ​



10/28/2016 Update

Below is the tentative schedule for CenterPoint Energy’s crews to install the last of the natural gas distribution main on the intersections along Main Street NE. The schedule is subject to change due to construction:
  • 7th Avenue NE from Marshall Street NE to Main Street NE from October 28 to about November 2
  • 6th Avenue NE’s crossing from about November 2 to 7
  • 8th Avenue NE’s crossing from about November 8 to 9
  • 5th Avenue NE from Marshall Street NE to Main Street NE, finished within or after the week of Thanksgiving, November 24
While the crews are installing the natural gas distribution main, they will also be connecting the gas service lines to the new main, working their way southward on Main Street NE. Below are the sections of Main Street NE with their respective lane closures:

  • From 8th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE, closing both the northbound and southbound lanes
  • From 7th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE, closing the southbound lane
  • From 5th Avenue NE spanning a few blocks to 7th Avenue NE, closing both the northbound and southbound lanes
The traffic detours still apply. The detour signs will direct drivers onto Marshall Street NE and back onto Main Street NE via one of the intersections between 5th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE.

Due to construction, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard surfaces affected by construction approximately into December. The city of Minneapolis will permanently restore the areas that CenterPoint Energy will temporarily restore. Below are the sections of Main Street NE with their respective lanes for restoration:

  • Between 8th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE, the southbound lane will be fully restored.
  • Between 7th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE, the southbound lane will be fully restored and the northbound lane will be temporarily restored.
  • Between 6th Avenue NE and 7th Avenue NE, the northbound lane will be fully restored and the southbound lane will be temporarily restored.
  • ​Between 5th Avenue NE and 6th Avenue NE, the northbound will be fully restored and the southbound lane will be temporarily restored.​



10/21/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy have installed the natural gas distribution main from 5th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE. 

Beginning today on Friday, October 21, the crews have closed off the southbound lanes on Main Street NE from 8th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE to finish the northern section of the main. They will lift traffic control in that section on about October 25. 

From approximately Tuesday, October 25, to Friday, October 28, the crews will install main at the remaining intersections along Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE.​



10/14/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy have installed about 60 percent of the new natural gas distribution main. They have installed this section from 5th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE.

Beginning on Monday, October 17, the crews plan to work on Main Street NE between 8th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE. Safety barriers have been set up to protect the construction areas. The crews have scheduled hard surface restoration for the intersection of Main Street NE and 8th Avenue NE.

The crews will remove their “No Parking” signs for the New Transitional Care Unit Grand Opening​ at the Catholic ElderCare Center on 817 Main Street NE. The event occurs between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. During the event, the crews will be working on 5th Avenue NE. They will return the “No Parking” signs to 8th Avenue NE at the end of the day on October 20 when the event has finished.

The crews have closed the southbound lane from 8th Avenue NE to 9th Avenue NE until about October 21 or 24, with the exception of the temporary break on October 20. A traffic detour will lead drivers onto Marshall Street NE and back onto Main Street NE via 8th Avenue NE or 9th Avenue NE.


10/7/2016 Update

Where is CenterPoint Energy now?

The crews have installed about 43 percent of the new natural gas distribution main from 5th Avenue NE to 7th Avenue NE. Currently the crews are installing the main from 6th Avenue NE to 7th Avenue NE. Both lanes on Main Street NE between 5th Avenue NE and 6th Avenue NE have been opened with temporary hard-surface restoration.

Two-way traffic on Main Street NE is being maintained during construction. There is an eastbound lane closure on Main Street between 6th Avenue NE and 7th Avenue NE. There is also a full road closure on the northeastern half of 7th Avenue NE.

A detour leads drivers onto Main Street NE via 5th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE. Main Street NE between 6th Avenue NE and 7th Avenue NE will be opened when the crews transition to Main Street NE between 7th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE.​

Where will the crews be next?

Beginning about October 12, the crews plan to work on Main Street NE between 7th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE. They will have two phases of traffic plans with an eastbound lane closure and eastbound bike closure on Main Street NE: The first phase will happen between 7th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE. The second phase will happen between 8th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE.

By approximately October 19, the crews plan to finish installing 100 percent of the main from 5th Avenue NE to 8th Avenue NE. After the main is installed, the crews plan to connect the gas service lines to the new main. The final restoration of hard and soft surfaces will follow.


9/29/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy have installed about 26 percent of the new natural gas distribution main. They have installed this section from the northwestern corner of 5th Avenue NE to just north of 6th Avenue NE.

For the weekend of October 1 and 2, a traffic detour is set up on Main Street NE between 5th Avenue NE and 7th Avenue NE. Drivers can re-access Main Street NE via Marshall Street NE from either 5th Avenue NE or 7th Avenue NE.

The next traffic detour will be placed on Main Street NE between 6th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE, starting Monday, October 3. The crews plan to work on the intersection of Main Street NE and 7th Avenue NE starting Tuesday, October 4.​


9/22/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy began construction on the Main Street NE project in Minneapolis roughly on Tuesday, September 20:

  • The crews are currently working on the intersection of 5th Avenue NE and Main Street NE, working their way northward. The southbound lanes of Main Street NE from 5th Avenue NE to 7th Avenue NE are currently closed.
  • ​A detour leads drivers onto 8th Avenue NE, Marshall Street NE and back onto 5th Avenue NE.​


9/15/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy plan to begin construction on Main Street NE in Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 20, and plan to finish by approximately the end of November 2016.

The traffic control plans will remain the same. Please review our previous updates for more details on traffic control, detour and gas service lines.​



9/8/2016 Update

What is CenterPoint Energy doing?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will be resuming construction on Main Street NE in Minneapolis tentatively on September 19 and is expected to last until approximately the end of November 2016. Currently, the city of Minneapolis is working on Marshall Street NE between 8th Avenue NE and Broadway Avenue NE to install an upgraded water main. Please reference the 2016 construction projects on the city of Minneapolis Public Works website for more information on that project.

What lanes will be closed?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will start on the southern end of the project at the intersection of Main Street NE and 5th Avenue NE and will be working their way north approximately one or more blocks at a time. The following lanes will be closed in approximate chronological order:

  • Southbound lane on Main Street NE between 5th Avenue NE and 7th Avenue NE
  • Southbound lane on Main Street NE between 6th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE, as well as the eastern half of both lanes on 7th Avenue NE between Marshall Street NE and Main Street NE
  • Southbound lane on Main Street NE between 7th Avenue NE and 8th Avenue NE, as well as the southeast corner of Main Street NE and 8th Avenue NE
  • Southbound lane on Main Street NE is closed between 8th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE
  • Northeast lane on 5th Avenue NE between Main Street NE and 2nd Street NE
Detour routes will be provided on site, leading drivers onto Marshall Street NE, 8th Avenue NE and 6th Avenue NE. Please reference the Map of Construction Area to see details on the length of newly upgraded natural gas distribution main and the detour routes. ​

What will this mean for customers and residents?

Residents along Main Street NE will be given access to and from their homes during construction.​

In addition to the upgraded natural gas distribution main, CenterPoint Energy will be connecting existing gas service lines to the gas main. (A gas service line is a small pipe connecting the resident’s gas to the main line in the street.) Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service. Crews may have to dig in some residents’ properties in the utility easement to achieve this task. If a resident’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will be responsible for restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction. This is at no cost to the customer or resident of the construction area.


8/17/2016 Update ​

For Phase 2 of Minneapolis’ system upgrade project on Main Street NE, Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will replace approximately 1,759 feet of various diameter plastic and steel pipe with 2,009 feet of 2-inch and 8-inch plastic pipe along Main Street NE, from just north of 8th Avenue NE to 5th Avenue NE. The work will also include the replacement of approximately 35 natural gas service lines. 

Phase 1 of construction started on September 28, 2015, and ended on December 1, 2015. Phase 2 of construction is expected to begin in August 17, 2016, and will require approximately three weeks to complete the work. 

Crews started installing the main pipe on August 17, beginning on the intersection of Main Street NE and 5th Avenue NE. They will be working northward toward 8th Avenue NE. After each segment of the main pipe is installed, a second crew will connect the gas service lines from the residential houses to the new main pipe. 



​12/1/2015 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished installing natural gas distribution pipe within the scope of the Main Street NE project.

Crews will continue replacing natural gas service lines along Main Street NE, from Broadway Street NE to 14th Avenue NE through next Tuesday, December 8.

Please anticipate intermittent no parking along either side of Main Street NE, from Broadway Street NE to 14th Avenue NE, during construction.

Representatives from CenterPoint Energy will continue to contact the final residents whose gas service may be affected to schedule the necessary construction work on their property.

Please visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates. Thank you. 


11/18/2015 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are currently installing natural gas distribution pipe along 12th Avenue NE, from Main Street NE to 2nd Street NE.

Through Friday, November 20, crews will be working at the intersections of 12th Avenue NE and 13th Avenue NE at Main Street NE.

Please anticipate no parking along either side of Main Street NE, from Broadway Street NE to 14th Avenue NE, during construction.

Crews continue replacing natural gas service lines along Main Street NE, from 8th Avenue NE to 11th Avenue NE.

Representatives from CenterPoint Energy will continue contact residents whose gas service may be affected to schedule the necessary construction work on their property.

Please visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates. Thank you. ​


​10/11/2015 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are currently installing natural gas distribution pipe along Main Street NE, north of Broadway Street NE.

For the next two days, crews will be boring pipeline northwards along the east side of Main Street NE, from Broadway Street NE to 14th Avenue NE.

Please anticipate no parking along either side of Main Street NE, from Broadway Street NE to 14th Avenue NE, during construction.

Beginning Monday, November 16, crews will install natural gas distribution pipe along 12th Avenue NE, from Main Street NE to 2nd Street NE. Crews will also begin replacing natural gas service lines along Main Street NE, from 8th Avenue NE to Broadway Street NE.

Representatives from CenterPoint Energy will contact residents whose gas service may be affected to schedule the necessary construction work on their property.

Installation of natural gas distribution pipe is anticipated to continue through the end of next week, weather permitting.

Please visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates. Thank you. 


10/27/2015 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, continue installing natural gas distribution pipe along Main Street NE.

For the next few days, crews will be working near the intersection of 10th Avenue NE and Main Street NE.

Crews will then work at near the intersections of 9th Avenue NE and 9th Avenue NE and Main Street NE.

Please anticipate no parking along the east side of Main Street NE, from 8th Avenue NE to 10th Avenue NE.

Beginning the week of November 9, crews will begin installing natural gas distribution pipe along Main Street NE, north of Broadway Street NE.

Construction is anticipated to continue for the next month, weather permitting.

Please visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates. Thank you. 


10/14/2015 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas distribution pipe along Main Street NE today, Wednesday, October 14.


Crews will install natural gas distribution pipe near the intersection of Main Street NE and 9th Avenue NE.

Crews will work northwards along the east side of Main Street NE.

Please anticipate no parking along the east side of Main Street NE, from 9th Avenue NE to 11th Avenue NE for approximately one week.


Depending on soil conditions, construction will continue between two and three months.

Please visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates. Thank you.

​​9/28/2015 Update​

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will now begin construction in mid-October.

In mid-October, crews will install natural gas distribution pipe just north of the intersection of Main Street NE and 8th Avenue NE.

Crews will work northwards along the east side of Main Street NE.

Please anticipate intermittent parking lane closures as construction progresses.

Depending on soil conditions, construction will continue between two and three months. Thank you.

 9/18/2015 Update

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be onsite marking underground utilities on Tuesday, September 22 in preparation for construction.

On Monday, September 28, crews will begin installing natural gas distribution pipe just north of the intersection of Main Street NE and 8th Avenue NE.

Crews will work northwards along the east side of Main Street NE.

Please anticipate intermittent parking lane closures as construction progresses.

Depending on soil conditions, construction will continue between two and three months.

Please continue to visit our website often to receive project updates, traffic alerts and anticipated completion dates. Thank you.​​​​​​​