​​​Project Status - Minneapolis - W. 50th Street

10/30/2017
CenterPoint Energy has completed construction on its W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. Construction began on Monday July 17, and finished by Friday, October 27. Below are the construction details:

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have installed the natural gas mains (Phase 1) and connected the natural gas service lines to the installed mains (Phase 2) along the following streets:

  • Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 47th Street to W. 54th Street
  • Beard Avenue S. from W. 49th Street to W. 50th Street
  • W. 5​0th Street from Ewing Avenue S. to Upton Avenue S.

Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have restored the areas affected by construction (Phase 3). The traffic barriers associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work have been removed from the project site. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction season. 




10/16/2017
CenterPoint Energy is nearing completion in construction on its W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. Construction by CenterPoint Energy is expected to last until Friday, October 27. Below are the details of the crews’ progress:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing the natural gas main until Wednesday, October 18.
  • Beginning on O​ctober 18 and lasting until October 27, crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along W. 50th Street from Upton Avenue S. to Ewing Avenue S. When restoration is complete, the crews will remove the traffic barriers associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work.




10/11/2017
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in construction on its W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. Construction by CenterPoint Energy is expected to last until the week of October 23, 2017. Below are the details of the crews’ progress:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing the final stretch of the natural gas main for the W. 50th Street project. From October 10 to 18, the crews will be installing the new main along W. 50th Street from Ewing Avenue S. to Beard Avenue S. Some of the driveways and parking entrances will be affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. Crews from CenterPoint Energy have communicated this plan to the affected businesses along this stretch. For any questions or concerns, please call Communication Specialist Hannah Gullickson at 612-321-5546.
  • From today on Wednesday, October 11, to Friday, October 13, a traffic control officer will be stationed at the intersection of W. 50th Street and Chowen Avenue S. to help direct the flow of traffic. The officer’s hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • When​ crews from Michels Corporation are finished installing the natural gas main, road contractors from the City of Minneapolis will begin restoring the areas affected by construction. This will occur from Monday, October 23, to Friday, October 27. Restoration will conclude work on the W. 50th Street project. Traffic barriers will be removed when restoration is complete. 




9/22/2017
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in construction on its W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. In addition to the details on our update published below from September 21, 2017, the following details will come into effect:

  • On Sunday, September 24, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will remove the traffic control signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work along W. 50th Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Ewing Avenue S.
  • On Monday, September 25, the crews will reset the traffic control signs along the westbound curb side of W. 50th Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Beard Avenue S. Two-way traffic will be maintained while active construction is occurring here. This traffic control plan will remain in place for the week of September 25.
  • During the week ​of October 2, the crews will set up traffic control signs along W. 50th Street between Abbot Avenue S. and Ewing Avenue S. 




9/21/2017
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in construction on its W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. Construction by CenterPoint Energy is expected to last until the week of October 23, 2017. Below are the details of the crews’ progress:

Traffic control personnel at W. 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue S.
  • Starting today, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, the crews have placed traffic control personnel at the intersection of W. 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue S. to help direct the flow of traffic.
  • The traffic control personnel will remain at this intersection until Friday, October 13, with the exception of weekends. From Mondays to Fridays, their hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Restoration of areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s work
Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s work along the following streets:

  • Yesterday on Wednesday, September 20, the crews began restoring the dirt on the northbound curb side of Xerxes Avenue S. They began at W. 50th Street and are working north to W. 47th Street. When they finish a block, they will remove the traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work on that block. They anticipate finishing by tomorrow on Friday, September 22.
  • The crews have restored the concrete surfaces on Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 50th Street to W. 53rd Street. The only exceptions are restoring a pedestrian ramp on the southeastern corner of W. 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue S., and the sidewalk along eastbound W. 50th Street going to the east of Xerxes Avenue S. This will be finished by Thursday, September 28.
  • When the concrete is finished, the crews will begin restoring the dirt areas. From Sep​tember 28 to 29, weather permitting, the crews will be restoring the dirt on Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 53rd Street to W. 50th Street. When they finish a block, they will remove the traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work on that block. The first block to be done will be the 5300 block on Xerxes Avenue S.




9/13/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on the W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. Construction by CenterPoint Energy is expected to last until the week of October 23, 2017. Below are the details of the crews’ progress:

Phase 1
  • From September 13 to 22, the crews will be installing natural gas main along the westbound lanes of W. 50th Street. The crews have started on Thomas Avenue S. and will go to Xerxes Avenue S.
  • From September 25 to 29, the crews will install natural gas main along W. 50th Street from Xerxes Avenue S. to Abbot Avenue S.
  • From October 2 to 6, the crews will install natural gas main along W. 50th Street from Abbot Avenue S. to Ewing Avenue S.

Phase 2
  • Crews from Michels Corporation have finished connecting all the natural gas service lines to the installed mains. Phase 2 is complete on CenterPoint Energy’s W. 50th Street project.

Phase 3
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been restoring the following areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction:
    • The crews have restored the concrete sidewalks along the 4700 block of Xerxes Ave​nue S. and have been restoring the 4900 block of Xerxes Avenue S.
    • The crews will be temporarily restoring hard surfaces along W. 50th Street between Beard Avenue S. and Xerxes Avenue S. until Friday, September 15, before reopening these areas.
    • Final restor​ation will take place during the weeks of October 9 and 16. This phase will conclude construction on CenterPoint Energy’s W. 50th Street project.




8/30/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on the W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis. Below are the details of the crews’ progress:

Phase 1
  • On September 8, the crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing the natural gas main along the westbound lanes of W. 50th Street. They will start at Ewing Avenue S. and head toward Upton Avenue S. Between these two avenues, the crews will shift traffic to the eastbound lanes along W. 50th Street.
  • It will take approximately two weeks for the crews to install natural gas main along W. 50th Street from Ewing Avenue S. to Xerxes Avenue S., beginning on September 8.
Phase 2
  • The crews have been connecting the natural gas service lines to the installed mains. Currently the crews are connecting the service lines along the following streets:
    • Xerx​es Avenue S. from W. 50th Street to W. 51st Street
    • Xerxes Avenue S. at W. 53rd Street working north
    • W. 50th Str​eet and Beard Avenue S.
CenterPoint Energy’s construction will be suspended over the Labor Day weekend from Saturday, September 2, to Monday, September 4. Construction will resume on Tuesday, September 5. During the weekend, safety barricades, barrels and cones will remain up wherever there are open excavations.




8/16/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on the W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis.

Phase 1
  • On Monday, August 14, and Tuesday, August 15, the crews have installed natural gas main along the eastbound curb side and sidewalk of W. 50th Street from Washburn Avenue S. to Xerxes Avenue S.
  • After the main is installed in this stretch, the crews will install main along the westbound curb side and sidewalk of W. 50th Street from York Avenue S. to Zenith Avenue S.
Phase 2
  • During the rest of the month of August, the crews will be connecting natural gas service lines to the main installed along the construction route of Xerxes Avenue S. between W. 47th Street and W. 54th Street.
  • Currently, the crews have finished connecting the service lines to the installed main on the 4700 and 4800 blocks on Xerxes Avenue S.
Phase 3
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished restoring the areas affected by construction on the 4700 block of Xerxes Avenue S. Currently, the crews are restoring the affected areas on the 4800 block of Xerxes Avenue S.
  • While Ph​ases 1, 2 and 3 are in progress, the traffic barriers will remain in place for the safety of the public and the construction personnel. The barriers will be removed after crews from Q3 are finished with restoration. 




8/7/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing in construction on the W. 50th Street project in Minneapolis.

Phase 1
  • The crews have installed natural gas main along Beard Avenue S. between W. 49th Street and W. 50th Street.  
  • On Wednesday, August 9, or Thursday, August 10, the crews will start installing natural gas main along the eastbound curb side of W. 50th Street between Xerxes and Washburn Avenue S.
  • While the crews are working in this area, two-way traffic will be maintained on W. 50th Street. The crews will close the entrance into Washburn Avenue S. going southbound from W. 50th Street. Detour signs will lead drivers onto Vincent Avenue S., W. 51st Street, and Xerxes Avenue S. until the closure is lifted.
Phase 2
  • The crews are currently connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains on the 4800 block of Xerxes Avenue S. Tomorrow on Tuesday, August 8, the crews will start connecting service lines to the installed mains on the 4900 block of Xerxes Avenue S.
Phase 3
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin restoring the areas affected by construction on the 4700 block of Xerxes Avenue S.
  • Park​ing and lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.




7/21/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, began construction on the W. 50th Street project on Monday, July 17.

What have the crews been installing natural gas main (Phase 1), and where will they be next?

  • July 17 to 19: The northbound curb side of Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 47th Street to W. 49th Street
  • July 20 and 21: The northbound curb side of Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 49th Street to W. 50th Street
  • July 24 to 28: The northbound curb side of Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 54th Street to W. 50th Street
  • July 31 to August 4: The northbound curb side of Beard Avenue S. from W. 50th Street to W. 49th Street; and also the westbound curb side of W. 52nd Street from Xerxes Avenue S. to Washburn Avenue S.​

What are the traffic plans?

Wherever active construction is occurring on Xerxes Avenue S., the crews will close the northbound sidewalk and parking lane. Likewise, wherever active construction is occurring on Beard Avenue S. and W. 52nd Street, the crews will close the northbound and westbound sidewalks and parking lanes respectively. 
 
Two-way traffic will be maintained during this time. Parking and lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe. 




6/30/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will start construction on the W. 50th Street project on Monday, July 17. The date of construction has been delayed due to weather, resource availability, or municipal agreements with the city. Other details regarding the project will remain the same, according to the update published below.​




6/14/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will start construction on the W. 50th Street project on Wednesday, July 5. They will begin installing natural gas main on the northbound curb side of Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 47th Street to W. 49th Street. After that the crews will install main on Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 49th Street to W. 51st Street.

While active construction is occurring in this area, the northbound parking lane in this area will be closed. Two-way traffic will be maintained during this time.




5/30/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 5. Project construction is expected to last until Fall 2017. (Frequent updates will be posted on this "Project Status" web page.) Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas mains along the following streets:

  • Xerxes Avenue S. from W. 47th Street to W. 54th Street
  • Beard Avenue S. from W. 49th Street to W. 50th Street
  • W. 50th Street from Ewing Avenue S. to Upton Avenue S.​

The crews will begin on Xerxes Avenue S., starting at W. 47th Street going south to W. 54th Street. Then they will move onto Beard Avenue S. from W. 49th Street to W. 50th Street. They will finish on W. 50th Street, starting at Ewing Avenue S. going west to Upton Avenue S. Parking and lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

Construction will happen in three phases: 

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the gas service lines to the new main along the same construction route. (A gas service line is a small-diameter pipe connecting the customer’s gas service to the main line in the street.)
  • ​Phase 3 is restoring the areas affected by construction—typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer’s yard.

How may construction affect customers?

As part of this main project, the crews will also be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer’s property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line.

Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042. CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience. ​