3/1/2022

Join us for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The City of Minneapolis will host this meeting to discuss and answer questions about their street resurfacing. CenterPoint Energy will be present to answer questions about this year’s natural gas work.


To join on your computer or mobile app, click here to join the meeting. To join on your phone, call +1 612-276-6670 and enter the phone conference ID 345 046 948, followed by the # sign. We look forward to seeing you there!


From spring to summer, the crews will work along the following streets: Elliot Avenue S. from 55th to 58th Streets E.; 10th Avenue S. from 54th to 58th Streets E.; and 11th Avenue S. from 56th to 58th Streets E. They will replace or connect the service lines to the existing mains and move any inside meters outside. They will restore the areas affected by their construction outside the limits of the City of Minneapolis’s Legion Lake Resurfacing.

12/8/2021

A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, has replaced the natural gas lines along 56th Street E. from Chicago to 12th Avenues S.; 11th Avenue S. from 55th to 56th Streets E.; and Elliot Avenue S. from 54th to 58th Streets E.


Beginning today on Wednesday, December 8 and lasting for approximately 1.5 weeks, the crew will connect the service lines to the new main within the alley between Portland and Park Avenues S. from 55th to 56th Streets E. During this time, the crew will place their equipment within this alley. Although residents will have access to and from the alley, they should allow 10 extra minutes when leaving the alley.


Beginning this week and lasting into early January, the crew will connect the service lines to the new main on Park Avenue S. from 54th to 56th Streets E. Parking may be restricted where construction is taking place.


In the next few weeks, another Q3 Contracting crew will follow to put winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. The hard surfaces will have temporary asphalt, including those that were previously concrete. In spring 2022, the crews will restore them to their original condition. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.

11/24/2021

A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas mains on 56th Street E. and on Elliot Avenue S. from 54th to 56th Streets E. Work will be suspended from Thursday, November 25 to Sunday, November 28 for the holiday weekend.


In the week of November 29, the following work will happen: The crew will connect the service lines to the new main on 11th Avenue S. from 54th to 56th Streets E. Along 56th Street E. at 10th and at 11th Avenues S., they will put the existing natural gas mains out of service. They will also replace the mains on Park Avenue S. and along the alley between Portland and Park Avenues S. from 55th to 56th Streets E.


In the week of December 6 or in early December after the aforementioned work is done, the crew will connect the service lines to the new mains on Elliot and Park Avenues S.

11/15/2021

A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, has been connecting the new main to the existing intersecting mains on 56th Street and replacing the main on 11th Avenue S. from 54th to 56th Streets.


From Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19, the crew will replace the natural gas main on Elliot Avenue from 54th to 55th Streets. From Wednesday, November 17 to Friday, November 26, another crew will begin replacing the main on Park Avenue between 54th and 56th Streets.


In areas of active construction, parking will be restricted. Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Any affected concrete roads or sidewalks will have temporary asphalt placed this year and permanent concrete in 2022. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and place netting over these areas. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.


We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines, ensuring system reliability for years to come.

11/10/2021

Natural gas work

This week, a crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, is connecting the natural gas service lines to the new mains on 11th Avenue S. In the week of November 15, another Q3 Contracting crew will assist the current one. They will finish connecting the new natural gas mains to the existing intersecting ones on 56th Street E.


In the weeks of November 15 and 22, the crews will replace the project’s remaining natural gas mains on Elliot Avenue S. between 54th and 55th Streets E., Park Avenue S. between 54th and 56th Streets E., and the alley between Park and Portland Avenues S. from 55th to 56th Streets E.


Parking will be restricted on both sides of the streets where active construction is occurring. The crews will remove the sign as they progress.


Restoration

Another Q3 Contracting crew will follow to put winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they will backfill with dirt and netting. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.


The sidewalks will be temporarily restored with blacktop. Permanent concrete restoration will occur in spring 2022. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines, ensuring system reliability for years to come.

10/29/2021

The crew is continuing to replace the natural gas mains on 56th Street E. from Elliot to 12th Avenues S. and on 11th Avenue S. up to 54th Street E.


In the week of November 1, the crew will activate the natural gas main on 11th Avenue S. They will also make appointments with homeowners on 56th Street E. and on 11th Avenue S. to connect the homeowners’ service lines to the new mains.


When that work is done, they plan to replace the mains on Elliot, Park, and Oakland Avenues S.

10/18/2021

In the week of October 11, a crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced natural gas mains on 56th Street E. between Chicago and 11th Avenues S.


Early this week, the crew will finish replacing the natural gas main at the intersection of Chicago Avenue S. and 56th Street E. They plan to open the intersection by Tuesday, October 19. After that, they will replace the main on 56th Street E. from 11th to 12th Avenue S. and on 11th Avenue S., working north from 56th Street E.


The main replacements on these streets will last for approximately this week and the week of October 25. Parking will be restricted on the streets where active construction is occurring. The crews will remove the sign as they progress.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in mid-September and lasting into summer 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting, will work near Todd Park in Minneapolis. The crews will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, move any inside residential meters outside, and restore the areas affected by their work.


The following roads will have main and service line work: the alley between Portland and Park Avenues S. from 55th to 56th Streets E.; Park Avenue S. from 54th to 56th Streets E.; Elliot Avenue S. from 54th to 55th Streets E.; 11th Avenue S. from 54th to 56th Streets E.; and 56th Street E. from 12th Avenue S. to Chicago Avenue S.


The following roads will have only service line work: Elliot Avenue S. from 55th to 58th Streets E.; 10th Avenue S. from 54th to 58th Streets E.; and 11th Avenue S. from 56th to 58th Streets E.


During this time, lane and parking closures may occur. For a limited time, the crews will close 56th Street E. just east of Chicago Avenue S. Detour signs will lead through traffic to the next block over.

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 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.

What should I expect during restoration?

Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. 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.