CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors plan to finish the project’s 2022 construction this month.

A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, plans to finish the project’s natural gas work in the week of December 12 or 19. By then, they will have put the existing natural gas mains out of service.

Q3 Contracting will follow to put down winter erosion control on the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. The winter erosion control may consist of temporary asphalt on areas that were previously concrete, and hydromulch or straw netting on boulevards and lawns. In 2023, Q3 Contracting will return for permanent restoration.

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In the week of October 18, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the natural gas main under the south boulevard of 33rd Avenue N. between Xylon Avenue N. and 36th Avenue N. They anticipate that the main replacement on this road will take approximately one and a half weeks. During this time, the crew doesn’t anticipate closing parking or lanes.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in mid-October, lasting into November, pausing in the winter, and resuming in spring 2023, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in New Hope along select streets between 33rd and 36th Avenues N. and between Boone and Xylon Avenues N.

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. Depending on the crews’ progress and the weather, the crews may replace the mains this year and may work on the service lines and meters next year.

Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition. Depending on the weather, Q3 Contracting may put down temporary restoration, such as asphalt on previously concrete surfaces and winter erosion control on boulevards and lawns, before returning in 2023 for permanent restoration.

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.