One crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the project’s natural gas mains. Another crew will come this summer to connect the natural gas service lines to the new main and move any inside meters outside.

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.


Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have begun replacing the natural gas main on the west side of Upton Avenue N. from 53rd to 52nd Avenues N. In this area, Upton Avenue N. and 52nd Avenue N. are closed to through traffic and parking is restricted. The crews will continue working here for the rest of the week of June 7.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in early June and lasting into the summer of 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along the following roads: Upton Avenue N. between 52nd and 53rd Avenues N.; 52nd Avenue N. between Vincent and Upton Avenues N.; and Vincent Avenue N. between 51st and 52nd Avenues N.

While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, connect the natural gas service lines to the new main, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside the limits of the City of Minneapolis’s Vincent Avenue N. Sanitary Sewer Improvement project.

What are the traffic impacts?

The crews will work on one side of the road at a time. One sidewalk will be open at a time. Parking will be restricted on the side of the road where the crews will work. When the crews work on Upton Avenue N., they will close the 5200 block of Upton Avenue N. to through traffic.