Minneapolis – Moving Inside Meters Outside in Folwell Neighborhood

Scheduled Start Date: Spring 2022

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If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name Penn Area ISM Thin Squeeze.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From spring to fall 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis’s Folwell Neighborhood along the following streets:

  • Oliver, Newton, Morgan, Logan, and Knox Avenues N. from Dowling to Lowry Avenues N.
  • James and Humboldt Avenues N. from 36th Avenue N. to Lowry Avenue N.
  • Girard, Emerson, Dupont, Colfax, Bryant, and Aldrich Avenues N. from Dowling to Lowry Avenues N.
  • Fremont Avenue N. from Dowling Avenue N. to 35th Avenue N.

While Michels Corporation will reconnect or replace the natural gas service lines to the new mains and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. During this time, lane shifts will occur. Parking may be restricted on the side of the street where the crews are working.  

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?

Because of weather, Q3 Contracting will put down winter restoration on the areas affected by the natural gas work. This includes temporary asphalt on areas that were previously concrete and hydroseed, hydromulch, or straw blankets on any affected boulevards. 

In spring 2023, the crew will return for permanent restoration. This includes concrete on sidewalks and black dirt and grass seed on boulevards.

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.