What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in late June and lasting into fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis. Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, move any inside residential meters outside, and remove some existing natural gas mains. Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limit of the City of Minneapolis’s Phillips South, Powderhorn & 35th St. E. Resurfacing. Full closures will happen on the 3400 block of Elliot Ave. S. and the 3000 block of 13th Ave. S. During this time, lane or parking closures may occur along the following streets:

Elliot Ave. S. between Lake St. E. and 37th St. E.; 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th Avenues S. between Lake St. E. and 36th St. E.; 14th Ave. S. between Lake St. E. and 33rd St. E.; 15th Ave. S. between Lake St. E. and 35th St. E.; 33rd St. E. between Chicago Ave. S. and 15th Ave. S.; 33rd ½ St. E. between Elliot Ave. S. and 10th Ave. S.; 34th St. E. between Elliot Ave. S. and 10th Ave. S.; and 35th St. E. between Elliot Ave. S. and Bloomington Ave. S.

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 he arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.

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.