7/26/2021

CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, plan to finish replacing the project’s natural gas plastic mains this week. They are currently connecting the new mains to the existing intersecting mains. They are continuing to connect the service lines to the new mains.

7/16/2021

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing the main on 35th Street E. heading east toward Bloomington Avenue S. In the week of July 19, they will begin on Bloomington Avenue S. and then move to 15th and 14th Avenues S. They anticipate finishing the replacements of the project’s natural gas plastic mains by July 28.


In the week of July 19, the crews will begin connecting the service lines to the new plastic mains, starting on Elliot Avenue S. and Lake Street E., working south on Elliot Avenue S.


More details will be provided closer to when the crews will replace the large-diameter steel main on Elliot Avenue S. between 31st and 37th Streets E.

7/8/2021

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have replaced the natural gas main on Elliot Avenue S. from Lake Street E. to 33rd ½ Street E. In the weeks of July 5 and 12, the crews have been and will continue to replace the main on Elliot Avenue S. from 34th to 37th Streets E. Crews from Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work north of 34th Street E. that will be unaffected by the service line replacements or connections.

6/24/2021

Today on Thursday, June 24, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the project’s natural gas mains. For approximately one and a half weeks, they will replace the main on the east sidewalk of Elliot Avenue S., working south from Lake Street E. to 32nd Street E. No parking signs will be placed on both sides of Elliot Avenue S. Next, they will replace the main on the east sidewalk of Elliot Avenue S. from 32nd to 33rd ½ Streets E. for approximately one week. The area will be closed to through traffic.

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, and move any inside residential meters outside. 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. 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 31st St. E. and 36th 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.


The exceptions will be the following: The crews will replace two natural gas mains on Elliot Ave. S. Full closures will happen on Elliot Ave. S. from 31st to 37th Streets E. for a few blocks at a time. They will also close the 3000 block of 13th Ave. S.

What will happen on Elliot Ave. S. between 31st and 37th St. E.?

The first main will be small-diameter plastic. This is typically bored underground. The second main will be large-diameter steel. Since the crews weld the pieces of the pipe together, the steel main replacement requires open excavation and takes longer to install than the small-diameter plastic main. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather.

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.