North Mankato - Belgrade Neighborhood 

Scheduled Start Date: September 9, 2019

Project Description


As of November 8, 2019, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to connect natural gas service lines to the new mains. Prior to the connections, the crews call Gopher State One Call to mark underground utilities with spray paint or flags.

Before a resident’s service line is connected to the new main within the time frame of Minnesota Cold Weather Rule, the crews make an appointment with the resident. If residents in the project area have had their natural gas service lines connected to the new mains, they can remove the utility marking flags from their yards.

Where, when, and why is CenterPoint Energy performing construction?

From the week of September 9 until late fall 2019, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains in North Mankato’s Belgrade Avenue Neighborhood. Construction will occur along selected streets between Lee Boulevard and Range Street and between Lakeview Avenue and South Avenue. 

What are the estimated traffic impacts?

  • Residents and local businesses will have access to their properties.
  • Construction will occur in segments along the construction route, rather than all at once. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring and are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.
  • CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting, will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction—typically the boulevard, lawn, sidewalk and road.

How may the natural gas service line installations affect customers?

  • As part of this main project, the crews will be replacing several natural gas service lines that connect from the main to the customer’s property. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service as the crews are installing the gas service line.
  • Crews may have to dig in the ground on your property in the utility easement to complete the task of service and main distribution line replacement. If a customer’s property is disturbed, CNP will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.
  • In addition to the natural gas service line installation, some customers may also have their inside gas meters moved to the outside of their homes as part of CenterPoint Energy’s long-term improvement project called “Moving Gas Meters Outside.” Please click here to find out more about our project and click here to see a one-page fact sheet with photographs of a meter move. 

What is CenterPoint Energy’s mission, and how can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

At CenterPoint Energy, we are committed to providing timely and relevant information to our customers and the general public to minimize inconvenience or disruption due to our construction activities. CNP has provided safe, clean and efficient natural gas service to Minnesota communities for more than 145 years. We are proud of this record and strive to improve it by educating the public about the benefits of natural gas at

Updates will be posted on our Project Status page below. For any questions, you can contact one of the following resources:

Communications Specialist
  • Hannah Gullickson – 612-321-5546
Information Hotline
Restoration Questions

Please reference the project name or number 89343214 when calling. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you. Thank you very much.