- In the week of May 4, the crews will replace natural gas main on Diamond Lake Road between Pillsbury and Blaisdell Avenues S. When the crews cross one intersection at a time along Diamond Lake Road, flaggers will direct traffic, which will be reduced to one lane.
As social distancing practices and proper use of PPE, face masks and gloves have become normalized and as customers are willing to allow properly protected personnel into their homes to complete required work to modernize gas facilities, which is essential work, CenterPoint Energy authorized contractors will enter customer homes to complete work only with customer permission. Please see our flyer here:
This week, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing natural gas mains under the east sidewalk of Pillsbury Avenue S. from 58th to 59th Streets W. and under the east sidewalk of Wentworth Avenue S. from Diamond Lake Road to 58th Street W. During this time, pedestrian traffic will be detoured to the west side of these roads. Parking will be limited on the side of the road where the crews are working.
Due to coronavirus concerns, CenterPoint Energy is delaying meter work that requires entering customer homes or disrupting customer gas service until further notice.
Project description: In November 2019, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors began the Windom Neighborhood project. This year the project will last from April 13 to late summer 2020. Crews from Michels Corporation will replace the remaining natural gas mains and connect the remaining natural gas service lines to the new mains. Crews from Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
Installing replacement gas mains: Michels Corporation will be installing the replacement gas main on this project. According to the Governor of Minnesota’s order, gas main replacement is an essential work function. This allows for the modernization of related gas facilities. The gas main work requires excavations in various locations in the right-of-way (front yard) to facilitate the installation work.
Connecting service lines to the new mains: Due to coronavirus concerns, CenterPoint Energy is delaying work that requires entering customer homes, such as moving gas meters outside. Gas service will not be interrupted. Crews will continue to replace service lines. A new service line will be replaced from the new main up to the resident’s home. The meter, whether it is currently inside or outside, will not be disrupted. Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement and next to your home to complete the task of service line replacement.
At a later date, the crews will come back to add the new meter onto the service line.
Traffic impacts: Work will occur in segments rather than all at once. Although there won’t be any major road closures, the crews will work on one side of the road at a time. Lane and parking restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe. Local access will be maintained.
Due to weather, the crews’ progress and agreements between CenterPoint Energy and the City of Minneapolis, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will resume the natural gas main installations in 2020. As of last week, the crews replaced the project’s natural gas mains in the following areas:
- Between Lyndale and Wentworth Avenues S. and between 53rd and 59th Streets W.
- 56th Street W. between Grand and Blaisdell Avenues S.
- Blaisdell Avenue S. between 54th and 56th Streets W.
In 2020, the crews will connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains.
Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are temporarily restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. They anticipate finishing temporary restoration into December and, if necessary, January. In 2020, Q3 Contracting will return to permanently restore these areas. For examples of temporary and permanent restoration, please see our restoration web page
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have been replacing natural gas mains along the project’s route between Lyndale and Pleasant Avenues S. Below are additional details:
- Tomorrow on December 5, the crews will begin replacing the main on Pillsbury Avenue S.
- On December 9 for about a week, the crews will be replacing mains on Wentworth and Blaisdell Avenues S.
- From December 10 to 13, the crews will be replacing mains along Diamond Lake Road from Grand to Blaisdell Avenues S. During this time, flaggers will be on site directing traffic.
- In the week of December 16, the crews anticipate replacing the remaining mains between Nicollet and Stevens Avenues.
- The crews anticipate replacing the project’s mains by December 20. In 2020, the crews will return to connect natural gas service lines to the new mains.
In 2019, crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will temporarily restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. In 2020 Q3 Contracting will return to permanently restore these areas. For examples of temporary and permanent restoration, please see our restoration web page
- Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have been replacing natural gas mains for the Windom Neighborhood project, working from the west side of the project heading east.
- The crews are currently replacing mains on 53rd Street W. between Lyndale and Harriet Avenues. They will work on Garfield, Harriet and Grand Avenues, working south from 53rd to 59th Streets W.
- Then they will replace main on 56th Street W., working from Grand to Blaisdell Avenues; Pleasant Avenue working south from 53rd to 59th Streets W.; and 59th Street W. between Grand and Pleasant Avenues.
- The remaining project streets east of Pleasant Avenue are anticipated to occur in 2020.
Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?
Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will replace natural gas mains, connect natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside in Minneapolis’s Windom Neighborhood. The project will begin in the week of November 4, last into December, return in spring 2020, and last into the summer of 2020. The dates and locations are coordinated between CenterPoint Energy and the City of Minneapolis.
Due to weather, crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will be temporarily restoring any of the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction in 2019. In 2020, Q3 Contracting will return to permanently restore these areas. Please see our restoration web page
for examples of temporary and permanent restoration.
What are the estimated traffic impacts?
- Residents and local businesses will have access to their properties.
- CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting, will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction—typically the boulevard, lawn, sidewalk and road.
How may the natural gas service line installations affect customers?
- As part of this main project, the crews will 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, CNP will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.
- In addition to the natural gas service line installation, some customers may also have their inside gas meters moved to the outside of their homes as part of CenterPoint Energy’s long-term improvement project called “Moving Gas Meters Outside.” Please
click here to find out more about our project and
click here to see a one-page fact sheet with photographs of a meter move.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?
At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at CenterPointEnergy.com/BeSafe.
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