Minneapolis - Olson Memorial Highway and 8th Avenue N.
Scheduled Start Date: May 6, 2021
What will CenterPoint Energy do?From May 3 to mid- or late July 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Minneapolis along the following roads:
- 8th Ave. N. between Queen and Oliver Avenues N.
- Oliver Ave. N. between 8th Ave. N.
- The north frontage road of Highway 55; and the north frontage road between Oliver and Logan 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 outside the limits of Metropolitan Council’s Metro Blue Line Extension project
What are the traffic impacts?Work will begin on 8th Ave. N. and Oliver Ave. N. before the north frontage road. For most of the project’s duration, there will be full closures of between 1 and 3 blocks at a time. Detour signs will lead through traffic to the next block or two blocks over. Local access will be maintained. Steel plates will be used as needed for driveway crossings. On each road, one sidewalk will remain open at a time.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 policy?
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.
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.
What if I have an inside gas meter?
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 he 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.