Project Status - Minneapolis and St. Louis Park - Southwest Light Rail Transit


11/4/2019

Cedar Lake Parkway and Burnham Road Project Description
  • From November 12 to within early December 2019, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the new mains. 
  • Work will take place along Burnham Road, Cedar Lake Parkway and the alley between Xerxes Avenue and Dean Parkway. Work will occur in segments rather than all at once. 
  • In 2019, crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, anticipate temporarily restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction; in 2020, the crews will permanently restore these areas. CenterPoint Energy’s work is done in coordination with the Metropolitan Council’s Southwest Light Rail Transit project.
What are the traffic impacts?
  • Lane 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. 
  • When the crews work on Burnham Road, they will close and detour southbound traffic, leaving northbound traffic open. Work on this road is anticipated to take a few business days. 
  • When the crews work on Cedar Lake Parkway, they will close and detour westbound traffic, leaving eastbound traffic open. Parking will be restricted on both sides of the road in areas of active construction. 
  • W. 28th Street will remain open except for a few business days when the crews replace the natural gas main across W. 28th Street and connect it to the existing intersecting main. 



10/18/2019

Royalston Avenue and Border Avenue Project Description
  • From October 28 to late November, the crews anticipate replacing natural gas main along southbound Royalston Avenue N. from 7th Street N. to Holden Street and along northbound Border Avenue from 6th Avenue N. to Holden Street.
What are the traffic impacts?
  • Updates will be provided regarding the crew’s traffic impacts. For the majority of the project, the crews will prohibit parking but maintain vehicular traffic in areas of active construction. The two anticipated closures will happen on Royalston Avenue N. just north of 5th Avenue N. and on Royalston Avenue N. at Border Avenue. During the Border Avenue closure, drivers from eastbound Olson Memorial Highway can turn south onto Border Avenue.
  • Residents and local businesses will have access to their properties. Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, anticipate temporarily restoring the areas affected by their construction. In the 2020 construction season, crews for Metropolitan Council’s Southwest Light Rail Transit project will return to the project area. For more information on the Metropolitan Council’s project, please visit its website.




9/4/2019

Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?

In the fall of 2019 and within the 2020 construction season, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park along the selected streets within the following time frames:

  • Cedar Lake Parkway and Burnham Road, Fall 2019
  • Royalston Avenue and Border Avenue, Fall 2019
  • 21st Street W. and Upton Avenue S., 2020
  • 36th Street W. and Wooddale Avenue S., 2020
 
CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done in coordination with Metropolitan Council’s Southwest Light Rail Transit project. For more information on the project, please visit its website. 

What are the estimated traffic impacts?

  • Residents and local businesses will have access to their properties.
  • Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.
  • CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting, will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction outside the limits of Metropolitan Council's project—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.

For any questions, you can contact one of the following resources:

Communications Specialist
  • Hannah Gullickson – 612-321-5546
Information Hotline
Restoration Questions

Please reference the project name when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.