New Hope – Lions Park Neighborhood
Scheduled Start Date: March 29, 2021
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
From March 29 to late spring or early summer 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in New Hope along the following streets:
- Oregon Avenue N. between 38th and 41st ½ Avenues N.
- Nevada Avenue N. between 39th ½ and 40th Avenues N.
- Louisiana and Maryland Avenues N. between 36th and 40th Avenues N.
- 36th Avenue N. between Nevada and Louisiana Avenues N.
- 38th Avenue N. between Oregon and Louisiana Avenues N.
- 39th and 39th ½ Avenues N. between Oregon and Maryland Avenues N.
While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main, connect the natural gas service lines to the new main, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
What are the traffic impacts?For the majority of the project, lane and parking closures may occur where active construction is happening.
As the crews work north of 36th Avenue N., the following traffic impacts will happen separately:
- The crews will close a portion of Nevada Avenue N. between 41st and 41st ½ Avenues N. to through traffic. During this closure, detour signs will lead drivers to Oregon Avenue N. via 40th or 41st Avenues N.
- The crews will close a portion of Louisiana Avenue N. at Markwood Drive N. to through traffic. Access to driveways and parking lots will remain open. Detour signs will lead drivers to 36th Avenue N., Douglas Drive N., and 38th Avenue N. Parking will be restricted on Louisiana Avenue N. from 36th to 38th Avenues N.
As the crews work on 36th Avenue N., the following impacts will happen separately:
- The crews will work on the north side of 36th Avenue N. just west of Winnetka Avenue N. The north sidewalk on 36th Avenue N. will be closed in this area.
- The crews will work on the southern side of 36th Avenue N. from Nevada to Jersey Avenues N., maintaining two-way traffic. The sidewalk on the southern side of 36th Avenue N. will be closed in this area. Local residential access will be maintained. Steel plates will be used as needed for driveway crossings.
As the crews replace the natural gas main at 36th Avenue N. and Louisiana Avenue N., the following closures will happen separately:
- The crews will close Louisiana Avenue between 36th Avenue N. and Markwood Drive. Detour signs will lead drivers from 36th Avenue N. to Hampshire Avenue and Markwood Drive. The sidewalk will close on the northeast side of 36th Avenue N. and Louisiana Avenue N.
- The crews will close the intersection to through traffic. For drivers heading to Louisiana Avenue N., detour signs will lead drivers to 35th Avenue N., Hampshire Avenue N., and Markwood Drive. For drivers heading to 36th Avenue N., detour signs will lead drivers to Douglas Drive N., 42nd Avenue N., and Winnetka Avenue N.
- When the crews work on Winnetka Avenue N. at 36th Avenue N., they will close the left-turn lane from northbound Winnetka Avenue N. to westbound 36th Avenue N. Detour signs will lead drivers to northbound Winnetka Avenue N., westbound 42nd Avenue N. and southbound Boone Avenue N.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?
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.
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.
The purpose of this letter is to advise that with customer permission, crews will now enter homes to complete necessary gas meter work. If you choose not to allow crews to enter your home, gas service will not be interrupted, and we will reschedule for a time better suited to concerns you may have. Crews will continue to replace service lines. 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.