CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors, Michels Corporation and Q3 Contracting, plan to finish this project by the end of this week, pending weather. This work will include connecting the new main to the existing intersecting mains, connecting the final service lines to the new main, and restoring the areas back for road traffic.

Michels Corporation has begun another CenterPoint Energy project near this one. Crews will work on select streets between Oakland Road and Plymouth Road and between Woodbridge Trail and April Lane. This work will last into the fall.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

From late June into early fall 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minnetonka along Plymouth Road S. (County Road 61) from Woodbridge Trail to April Lane and from Stanton Drive to McGinty Road E., in addition to select roads along this route. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work outside Hennepin County’s Road Maintenance Project.

Parking will be restricted on the east side of Plymouth Road from Woodbridge Trail to McGinty Road E. Flaggers will be on site to help direct traffic. Local access will be maintained. There may be future lane shifts and a sidewalk closure on the east side of Plymouth Road in this area. More information will be provided closer to that portion of the project’s work.

This week, the crew began replacing the main on Plymouth Road at McGinty Road E., working north. They estimate replacing approximately 400 feet of the main per day.

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 soft surface 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.