Minneapolis – Marshall, Grand and California Streets NE

Scheduled Start Date: April 4, 2022

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Project Resources

  • If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or one or more of the following numbers: 
    • 100806954 for the work on Marshall Street NE
    • 100806957 for the replacement of the first natural gas main and the service line and meter work on Grand and California Streets NE and on 23rd and 29th Avenues NE
    • 97909243 for the replacement of the second natural gas main on Grand and California Streets NE and on 23rd and 29th Avenues NE

Closure of Grand Street NE from 23rd to Lowry Avenues NE

From Wednesday, September 21 to Friday, September 30, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will close Grand Street NE from 23rd Avenue NE to Lowry Avenue NE. This closure will happen at the same time as the closure on 23rd Avenue NE from California Street NE to Marshall Street NE. That closure is anticipated to end in late September or early October.

While these roads will be closed to through traffic, detour signs will lead through traffic to Lowry Avenue NE, California Street NE, and 22nd Avenue NE. Emergency traffic will have access north on Marshall and Grand Streets NE and in the alley between Marshall and Grand Streets NE, in addition to heading east on 22nd Avenue NE.

The Metropolitan Council has closed the intersection of 22nd Avenue NE and Marshall Street NE. This closure is anticipated to last for another approximate four weeks.

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What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From Monday, April 4 into fall 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will work in Minneapolis along the following streets:

  • Grand Street NE between 23rd and 29th Avenues NE
  • California Street NE between 23rd and 29th Avenues NE
  • 23rd Avenue NE between Marshall and California Streets NE
  • 29th Avenue NE between Grand and California Streets NE
  • Marshall Street NE from 29th to 37th Avenues NE

The crews will begin on Grand and California Streets NE before working on 23rd and 29th Avenues NE and on Marshall Street NE. This project will happen in four phases:

  • Phase 1: The crew will replace the first of the project’s two natural gas mains. This main will feed the natural gas service lines to homes and businesses. It is small-diameter plastic that will be bored underground.
  • Phase 2: A second crew will connect the individual customer gas service lines to the new Phase 1 main. This may include service line replacement and relocating gas meters from inside the home to outside. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the new gas service line. The crew may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement.
  • Phase 3: A third crew will replace the second gas main, which is large-diameter steel. Since the crews weld the pieces of the pipe together, this main replacement requires open excavation and takes longer to install than the Phase 1 main. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather.
  • Phase 4: Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. 

Constituents will not be assessed for this work. 

While the crews will close lanes on Marshall Street NE, they will close a few blocks at a time to through traffic on Grand and California Streets NE. They will work with residents and businesses on maintaining access. Detour signs will redirect through traffic. The restoration crew will follow closely behind to reopen the streets shortly after the Phase 3 main is replaced.

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 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 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. 

Thank you for joining our virtual meeting!

We want to extend a warm thank-you to all who attended Marshall Terrace Neighborhood Organization’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 1. We hope the information was helpful and your questions were answered. A copy of our PowerPoint presentation is here