Minnetonka – Minnetonka Boulevard from Elm to Honeywood Lanes
Scheduled Start Date: April 18, 2022
- If you contact CenterPoint Energy for any questions, please reference the project’s name or number 100659033.
From Monday, April 18 into early September 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minnetonka along Minnetonka Boulevard from Elm Lane to Honeywood Lane. The work will happen in four phases. While Michels Corporation will replace two natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the first of the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
From Monday, June 13 into approximately late August or the first week of September, another Michels Corporation crew will replace a large-diameter natural gas steel main along Minnetonka Boulevard from Elm to Honeywood Lanes. During this time, traffic impacts may include lane or full road closures with detour signs.
Since the crews weld the pieces of the pipe together, the steel main replacement requires open excavation and takes longer to install than the small-diameter plastic main. Time spent on each block will vary due to the size of the block, the steel offsets, the restoration preparation, and the weather.
When the steel work is done, Q3 Contracting plans to return to permanently restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our natural gas lines.
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.
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.
What if I have an inside gas meter?
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 arrive, they will leave a door tag with their contact information to schedule an appointment with them.
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?
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. For photo examples, please visit our Restoration Practices