In the week of October 11, a crew from Q3, 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.