A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, finished the project’s natural gas work. This included replacing the mains, connecting the service lines to the new mains, connecting the new mains to the intersecting existing ones, and putting the existing mains out of service.
A crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, is putting down winter erosion control on the areas affected by construction. On any excavations in boulevards and lawns, they are backfilling with dirt and placing netting over these areas. They plan to finish putting down this erosion control early in the week of November 15. In spring 2022, they will return with black dirt and seed.
We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines, ensuring system reliability for years to come.
A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have replaced the project’s natural gas mains on Diane Drive and Winterset Drive. They are currently replacing the main on Church Lane just south of Excelsior Boulevard. They plan to finish the project’s main replacements on Saturday, October 2. In areas of active construction, there will be flashers and traffic cones places for the crews’ equipment. No road closures are anticipated for this project. Another crew from Michels Corporation will begin connecting the service lines to the new mains.
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
Beginning in mid-September and lasting into fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minnetonka along the following roads: Winterset Drive, Barbara Drive, Diane Drive, and Joanne Lane south of Pioneer Road; and Church Lane just south of Excelsior Boulevard. While Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Parking and lane closures may occur.
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.