​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Status - New Hope/Crystal - Winnetka Pipeline

10/27/2017

What is the progress of construction?

CenterPoint Energy’s construction on the Winnetka Pipeline beltline is 100 percent complete!

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed natural gas main along Winnetka Avenue N. (County Road 156) between Modern Road and 55th Avenue N.
  • Cre​ws from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. The traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work are removed from the project site.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction season. ​



10/10/2017

What is the progress of construction?

Installation is 100 percent complete on CenterPoint Energy’s Winnetka Pipeline beltline.

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have installed natural gas main along Winnetka Avenue N. (County Road 156) between Modern Road and 55th Avenue N.
  • Currently crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. Restoration of Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and 55th Avenue N. will be finished by October 28, 2017. When restoration is complete, the crews will remove the traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work.
  • Further construction near CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done by road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website. ​



10/3/2017

What is the progress of construction?

CenterPoint Energy’s construction on the Winnetka Pipeline beltline is near completion. The pipeline installation is 99 percent complete by crews from CenterPoint Energy’s contractor Michels Corporation.

Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along northbound Winnetka Avenue N. from 55th Avenue N. to Modern Road. Currently, all the driveways and aprons along northbound Winnetka Avenue N. are finished between Modern Road and 65th Avenue N. The paving is done along northbound Winnetka Avenue N. between 59th Avenue N. and 61st Avenue N.

What is the next step in construction?

Project construction will end within the first week of November 2017. During this time, crews from Q3 Contracting will finish restoration. The traffic control signs associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work will remain up until restoration is complete. Below is Q3 Contracting’s schedule for restoring the following sections along northbound Winnetka Avenue N.:

  • The crews will finish restoration between Bass Lake Road and 62nd Avenue N. by October 20. By then, they will remove their traffic control signs from that section of the project site.
  • The crews will finish restoration between 62nd Avenue N. and Modern Road within the first week of November. By then, they will remove their traffic control signs from that section of the project site.
Concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy are working along Winnetka Avenue N., road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park are working nearby. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website. ​



9/26/2017

CenterPoint Energy’s construction on the Winnetka Pipeline beltline is in progress. The pipeline installation is 96 percent complete. Project construction will end by late October 2017. During this time, construction is happening along northbound Winnetka Avenue N. from 55th Avenue N. to Modern Road. Much of the same information from the update published on August 11, 2017, will remain the same. Below are the construction details that will remain in effect until the project’s completion:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are working along the northbound curb side of Winnetka Avenue N. from 55th Avenue N. to Bass Lake Road.
  • In addition, the crews are working in the northbound lanes on Winnetka Avenue N. from Bass Lake Road to 62nd Avenue N. Local traffic can travel in the one southbound lane that is open in this area. Traffic is detoured back onto northbound Winnetka Avenue N. via Boone Avenue N. (See the update from August 11.)
  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are continuing to restore the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along northbound Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and 62nd Avenue N. Currently, all the curbs from Modern Road to 63rd Avenue N. are finished.
Concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy are working along Winnetka Avenue N., road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park are working nearby. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website. 


9/19/2017

Construction is progressing in CenterPoint Energy’s Winnetka Pipeline project in Brooklyn Park, New Hope and Crystal. The pipeline installation is 93 percent complete.

Concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy are working along Winnetka Avenue N., road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park are working nearby. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website.

The information published below from September 14, 2017, remains the same. For further questions, please contact Communication Specialist Hannah Gullickson at 612-321-5546.



9/14/2017

Construction is progressing in CenterPoint Energy’s Winnetka Pipeline project in Brooklyn Park, New Hope and Crystal. The pipeline installation is 86 percent complete.

What is the progress of construction for CenterPoint Energy?

  • Concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy are working along Winnetka Avenue N., road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park are working nearby. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website.
  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, began working at the intersection of 68th Avenue N. and Winnetka Avenue N., on Monday, September 11. They will continue working in this area until Wednesday, September 20. This intersection will be closed while active construction is occurring. Detour signs will lead drivers back to Winnetka Avenue N. and 68th Avenue N. via W. Broadway Avenue and 73rd Avenue N.
  • Between September 11 and late October 2017, crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be restoring the driveways and sidewalks affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along the northbound curb side of Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and 62nd Avenue N. The crews will be starting at Modern Road and working south toward 62nd Avenue N.
  • Crews from Michels Corporation are continuing to install natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. between 62nd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road (County Road 10). The traffic plans and timeline will remain the same according to the update published below from August 11, 2017.​



9/5/2017

Construction is progressing in CenterPoint Energy’s Winnetka Pipeline project in Brooklyn Park, New Hope and Crystal. The pipeline installation is 76 percent complete.

What is the progress of construction for CenterPoint Energy?

  • Concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy are working along Winnetka Avenue N., road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park are working nearby. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website.
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along 68th Avenue N. and 69th Avenue N. between Winnetka Avenue N. and Adair Avenue N. in Brooklyn Park. Restoration will be finished by Friday, September 8.
  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be working at the intersection of 68th Avenue N. and Winnetka Avenue N., starting Monday, September 11, and ending by Wednesday, September 20. This intersection will be closed while active construction is occurring. Detour signs will lead drivers back to Winnetka Avenue N. and 68th Avenue N. via W. Broadway Avenue and 73rd Avenue N.
  • CenterPoint Energy’s contractor Michels Corporation is continuing to install natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. between 62nd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road (County Road 10). The traffic plans and timeline will remain the same according to the update published below from August 11, 2017.



8/29/2017

Construction is progressing in CenterPoint Energy’s Winnetka Pipeline project in Brooklyn Park, New Hope and Crystal. The pipeline installation is 73 percent complete.

What is the progress of construction for CenterPoint Energy?

  • CenterPoint Energy’s contractor Michels Corporation is continuing to install natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. between 62nd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road (County Road 10). The traffic plans and timeline will remain the same according to the update published below from August 11, 2017.
  • Concurrently while crews from CenterPoint Energy are working along Winnetka Avenue N., road contractors from the City of Brooklyn Park are working nearby. For more information on the city’s “Road Construction Projects​,” please visit their website.
  • CenterPoint Energy’s construction will be suspended over the Labor Day weekend from Saturday, September 2, to Monday, September 4. Construction will resume on Tuesday, September 5.​



8/22/2017

What is the progress of construction?

The installation of CenterPoint Energy’s beltline pipeline on the Winnetka Pipeline project is 66 percent complete. Construction is currently taking place on Winnetka Avenue N. between 63rd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road. Details regarding construction progress and traffic plans in this area will remain the same according to our update published below on August 11, 2017.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction progress.​



8/15/2017

CenterPoint Energy’s construction on the Winnetka Pipeline project is 59 percent complete. Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are progressing along the following streets:

Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and 63rd Avenue N.
  • By Friday, August 18, the crews will have installed natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. from Modern Road to 63rd Avenue N.
  • During the weeks of August 14, 21 and 28, the northbound lane on Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and 63rd Avenue N. will remain closed while active construction is occurring. In this section, Winnetka Avenue N. will also remain closed to through traffic. Local residents will have access to and from their driveways.
  • Currently, the crews have opened the entrances into 64th Avenue N. and 65th Avenue N. along Winnetka Avenue N. They have closed Aster Drive to allow for active construction.
Winnetka Avenue N. between 63rd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road
  • On Monday, August 21, the crews will begin installing natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. between 63rd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road. Please see our update published below on 8/11/2017 for more information on parking and lane restrictions and timelines.
  • CenterPoint​ Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction season.



8/11/2017

What is the construction between 62nd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road, and what are the traffic plans?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. between 62nd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road. The installation will start on August 21, 2017, and will last for approximately eight weeks. Construction will begin at 62nd Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road concurrently. The crews will work from either end of the construction route and meet in the middle. During this time, the following traffic plans will remain:
 
  • Street parking will not be available on Winnetka Avenue N. during active construction.
  • Between Bass Lake Road and 62nd Avenue N., Winnetka Avenue N. will be closed except to local traffic. In this area, there will only be one lane of southbound traffic. Northbound traffic will be closed during active construction.
  • Detour signs will be posted on site, leading drivers back onto northbound Winnetka Avenue N. via Boone Avenue N.
 
The following traffic plans will change as construction progresses. Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page:

  • As the crews work along Winnetka Avenue N., intersections will be closed for up to three days before reopening. This will allow the crews to install the pipeline through an intersection.
  • When the crews cross 59th Avenue N., residents living along 59th Avenue N. west of Winnetka Avenue N. will be given access to and from 59th Avenue N.
  • Resid​ents will have access to and from their driveways during active construction.




8/9/2017

Crews from CenterPoint Energy have been progressing in construction on the Winnetka Pipeline in Brooklyn Park and New Hope. Below are the details regarding traffic plans and the progress of construction:

Where have the crews been so far?

68th Avenue N.
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have been restoring the areas affected by construction along 68th Avenue N. between W. Broadway Avenue and Winnetka Avenue N. The crews have finished restoring the concrete curb in this area and have been restoring the asphalt surfaces.
  • By Wednesday, August 16, the crews will open 68th Avenue N. in this area.

Where are the crews now?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are currently installing natural gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and 63rd Avenue N. The pipeline will be installed in this area in three or four weeks. Below are the details for each intersection regarding traffic plans and deadlines:

Winnetka Avenue N. and 67th Avenue N.

  • The crews have closed the entrance into 67th Avenue N. from Winnetka Avenue N. until Thursday, August 10.
  • Also until August 10, the crews have closed the northbound lane on Winnetka Avenue N. between Modern Road and Iris Drive. There is only one-way traffic going south on Winnetka Avenue N. in this area.
  • After August 10, the crews will shift their work zone one block south, working along Winnetka Avenue N. between 67th Avenue N. and Noid Drive. The same traffic plan will apply: Only the southbound lane will be open to drivers in this area. During this time, the entrance into Iris Drive will be closed from Winnetka Avenue N. starting on Friday, August 11, and opening up by Monday, August 14.         
Winnetka Avenue N. and 64th Avenue N.
  • Until August 10, only the southbound lane will be open to drivers on Winnetka Avenue N. between 64th Avenue N. and 63rd Avenue N.
  • Starting on August 10, the crews will close the entrance into 64th Avenue N. from Winnetka Avenue N. The entrance will be open by Monday, August 14.
  • Also starting on ​August 10, the crews will shift their work zone one block north, working along Winnetka Avenue N. between 65th Avenue N. and 63rd Avenue N. The same traffic plan as above will apply: Only the southbound lane will be open to drivers in this area. 



8/2/2017

For a system upgrade project, CenterPoint Energy has been replacing natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline in the Brooklyn Park, New Hope and Crystal neighborhoods along Winnetka Avenue N. from 68th Avenue N. to 55th Avenue N. CenterPoint Energy’s construction began in Brooklyn Park in May 2017 and will end within the week of August 14 along 68th Avenue N. and 69th Avenue. N. Construction along Winnetka Avenue N. began this week (July 31—August 4) between 68th Avenue N. and 63rd Avenue. N.

Where have the crews been so far?

Modern Road and Winnetka Avenue N.
  • To install natural gas pipeline, the crews have closed the T-intersection of Modern Road and Winnetka Avenue N. This closure started on Monday, July 24, and will last for another two weeks.
  • During this time, eastbound and westbound traffic will remain restricted on Modern Road at Winnetka Avenue N. Detour signs will lead drivers back to Modern Road via Quebec Avenue N., 67th Avenue N. and Xylon Avenue N. The crews will reopen the road when active construction there is complete.

68th and 69th Avenues N.
  • Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have been restoring the areas affected by construction along 68th Avenue N. and 69th Avenue N. from Winnetka Avenue N. to Adair Avenue N.
  • While crews from Q3 are restoring the affected areas, the safety barricades, barrels or cones will remain in place until restoration is complete. Restoration will be finished within the week of August 14, 2017.

What is the next step in construction for CenterPoint Energy’s crews?

  • The crews are beginning to install natural gas distribution and transmission mains along Winnetka Avenue N. from 68th Avenue N. just north of I-694/I-94 in Brooklyn Park to 55th Avenue N. in New Hope. The crews have begun replacing pipeline in the week of July 31, 2017, between 68th Avenue N. and 63rd Avenue N. Project construction is expected to last until late October 2017.
  • Winnetka Avenue N. will allow access to local traffic only in areas of pipeline construction activity (typically two to three blocks at a time). Lane restrictions on Winnetka Avenue N. are required when construction activity is occurring on the roadway and is necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe. 

How long will 63rd Avenue N. at Winnetka Avenue N. be closed?​

  • For the weekend of August 5 and 6, the crews will close 63rd Avenue N. at Winnetka Avenue N. in order to install gas main across the intersection. While drivers can go north and south on Winnetka Avenue N., they can’t turn onto 63rd Avenue N. Weekend construction hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Traffic barriers will remain up while active construction is occurring. The crews will remove the traffic barriers when they finish crossing 63rd Avenue N. at Winnetka Avenue N. While the road is closed, detour signs will lead drivers onto 62nd Avenue N. via W. Broadway Avenue and Winnetka Avenue N.
  • The City of Brooklyn Park’s road contractor will continue road work in the same area when CenterPoint Energy’s crossing is complete. For more information on Brooklyn Park’s projec​t, please visit their website page “Road Construction Projects.” ​



7/28/2017

What is the progress of CenterPoint Energy's construction?

  • CenterPoint Energy’s construction for the Winnetka Pipeline project began in May 2017 in Brooklyn Park. The project is 44 percent complete.  
  • Construction has been occurring along 68th Avenue N. and 69th Avenue N. between Winnetka Avenue N. and Adair Avenue N. Construction in Brooklyn Park will end by Friday, August 4.

What will CenterPoint Energy’s construction be in New Hope and Crystal?

  • Starting on Wednesday, August 2, or Thursday, August 3, crews from Michels Corporation will begin installing natural gas pipeline on Winnetka Avenue N. This construction will begin the New Hope/Crystal phase.
  • The crews will start at Modern Road and work their way south in increments of three blocks:
    • ​Within these three-block increments, the northbound lane on Winnetka Avenue N. will be closed and reopened as the crews continue moving south.
    • ​Also within these three-block increments, the crews will close the entrances into the residential streets along Winnetka Avenue N.
    • ​Detour signs will be posted on site, leading drivers back to Winnetka Avenue N.​



6/7/2017

What have the crews done so far?

Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, finished installing natural gas mains on the following streets:

  • 62nd Avenue N. from W. Broadway Avenue to Winnetka Avenue N. 
  • Winnetka Avenue N. from 62nd Avenue N. to 60th Avenue N.

Currently crews from Q3, another authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are restoring the areas affected by construction. When they are finished, they will remove traffic barriers from those streets.

Where are the crews now?

Starting today on Wednesday, June 7, Michels Corporation will be installing natural gas distribution main at southwest and northeast curb sides of the intersection of Bass Lake Road (County Road 10) and Winnetka Avenue N. This work will last for one to two weeks from June 7 to 14 or 23. The following lanes will be closed at the intersection:

  • The southbound lane from Bass Lake Road to Winnetka Avenue
  • The northbound lane on Winnetka Avenue from Bass Lake Road
  • The westernmost right turn lane from southbound Winnetka Avenue to westbound Bass Lake Road

The crews are still on schedule for beginning the New Hope and Crystal phase in August 2017.

Note: The construction at Winnetka Avenue N. and Bass Lake Road is going on concurrently while construction is occurring on the following streets:

  • The eastbound lanes of 68th and 69th Avenues N. from Winnetka Avenue N. to Adair Avenue N.
  • The southbound curb side of W. Broadway Avenue from 68th Avenue N. to 69th Avenue N.
  • ​W. Broadway Avenue from 69th Avenue N. to Bottineau Boulevard (a Hennepin County project; for more information, please visit their website on “Bottineau Boulevard Reconstruction​.”)

The traffic control plans listed below will remain in place for the roads mentioned above. Road closures will be lifted according to their respective dates. Please view this Project Status page to see details on the progress of construction for each road.​



3/30/2017

An open house is scheduled for April 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the New Hope City Hall 4401 Xylon Avenue N. Representatives from the Cities of New Hope and Crystal as well as CenterPoint Energy personnel will discuss details of the project and will invite questions or comments from the public.

For questions about the project, please call our Information Hotline at 612-321-5369 or our Communication Specialist at 612-321-5546. For questions about restoration (hard or soft surfaces) please call our Restoration Department at 612-321-5042.​

3/3/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in New Hope and Crystal around August 7, 2017. Project construction is expected to last until late October. Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas distribution and transmission mains along Winnetka Avenue N. from 68th Avenue N. just north of I-694/I-94 in Brooklyn Park to 55th Avenue N. in New Hope.

What are the proposed traffic plans?

Winnetka Avenue N. will allow access to local traffic only in areas of pipeline construction activity (typically two to three blocks at a time). A Brooklyn Park phase will begin approximately May 15 on 69th Avenue N. at Adair Avenue N. and construction will proceed westward on 69th Avenue N. to Winnetka Avenue N.

How does this apply to residents?

An open house is scheduled for April 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the New Hope City Hall 4401 Xylon Avenue N. Representatives from the Cities of New Hope and Crystal as well as CenterPoint Energy personnel will discuss details of the project and will invite questions or comments from the public.