Project Status - Richfield - 2018 Reconstruction Project

11/15/2018

CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been connecting natural gas service lines to the installed natural gas mains along the following streets and will continue on these streets for approximately the next several weeks:

  • Washburn Circle south of W. 77th Street
  • Sheridan Avenue S. between W. 75th Street and W. 77th Street
  • Knox Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 73rd Street
  • James Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 74th Street
On Monday, November 19, the crews will be on Penn Avenue S. for one day before returning to Knox Avenue S.


11/8/2018

CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been connecting natural gas service lines to the installed natural gas mains along the following streets and will continue on these streets for approximately the next several weeks:

  • Vincent Avenue S. just south of W. 76th Street
  • Upton Avenue S. between W. 74th Street and W. 78th Street
  • Newton Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 75th Street
  • Morgan Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 73rd Street
  • James Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 76th Street



11/1/2018

CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been connecting natural gas service lines to the installed natural gas mains along the following streets and will continue on these streets for approximately the next several weeks:

  • Vincent Avenue S. just south of 76th Street
  • Upton Avenue S., Sheridan Avenue S. and Russell Avenue S. between 73rd Street and 75th Street
  • Newton Avenue S. between 70th Street and 75th Street
  • Logan Avenue S. between 72nd Street and 73rd Street



10/25/2018

Natural gas service line connections
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been connecting natural gas service lines to the installed natural gas mains along the following streets and will continue on these streets for approximately the next several weeks:

  • Vincent Avenue S. working north from W. 76th Street
  • Logan Avenue S. between W. 71st Street and W. 73rd Street
  • Newton Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 75th Street
  • Thomas Avenue S. between W. 72nd Street and W. 73rd Street
  • Sheridan Avenue S. between W. 72nd Street and W. 73rd Street

Restoration
  • As Michels Corporation finishes the natural gas line installations and connections on each block, the crews create orders for Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction.
  • CenterPoint Energy wants to remind customers that, while Michels Corporation will finish the natural gas main installations and the service line connections in 2018, Q3 Contracting will work behind Michels Corporation, restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction. If restoration is not finished in 2018 because the weather is unconducive for permanent restoration, Q3 Contracting will temporarily restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s construction. Q3 Contracting will return in the spring and summer 2019 construction season to permanently restore these areas.



10/19/2018

CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” In addition to the updates published on October 10 and 18, 2018, below are details related to the blacktop restoration of the streets affected by CenterPoint Energy’s project:

  • Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been working near Penn Avenue S. and heading west. So far, they have restored the blacktop on Queen Avenue S. from W. 66th Street to W. 75th Street and on Russell Avenue S. from W. 75th Street to W. 72nd Street.
  • During the week of October 15, the crews started restoring the blacktop on Upton Avenue S. from W. 75th Street working north. To finish the project efficiently, the crews will be working on Saturday, October 20. 



10/18/2018

CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” The details regarding the installation of the natural gas mains will remain the same according to the update published on October 10, 2018. Below are the construction details related to the connection of the natural gas service lines to the installed mains:

Along the following streets, all the natural gas service lines are connected to the installed natural gas mains:

  • Upton Avenue S. between W. 66th Street and W. 72nd Street
  • Vincent Avenue S. between W. 68th Street and W. 70th Street
  • Washburn Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 70th ½ Street
  • W. 70th Street between Washburn Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S.
  • W. 70th ½ Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S.
  • W. 71st Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S.
  • W. 71st ½ Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S.

Below are the streets where the crews are currently connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains:

  • On Xerxes Avenue S., the crews are working from W. 66th Street going south along the project route.
  • On Thomas Avenue S. between W. 72nd Street and W. 73rd Street, the crews just started working and will continue to work until approximately Friday, October 26.
  • On Newton Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 71st Street, the crews will be working for approximately the next few weeks. 



10/10/2018

CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Below are the construction details:

Installing natural gas mains
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will install the last of the project’s natural gas mains by the last week of October. From now until the week of October 29, the following streets will have new natural gas mains:

  • W. 70th Street between Penn Avenue S. and Irving Avenue S.
  • W. 73rd Street between Oliver Avenue S. and Humboldt Avenue S.
  • W. 78th Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Thomas Avenue S.

Connecting natural gas service lines to installed mains
Crews from Michels Corporation have been connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along the following streets:

  • By this Friday, October 12, the crews will finish the service line connections on Washburn Avenue S. between W. 66th Street and W. 68th Street.
  • Tomorrow on Thursday, October 11, the crews will begin service line connections on Xerxes Avenue S. between W. 69th Street and W. 66th Street. They will be done with these connections approximately within the week of October 22.
  • One of the crews is currently connecting natural gas service lines along Newton Avenue S., Morgan Avenue S. and Logan Avenue S. between W. 75th Street and W. 76th Street for approximately the weeks of October 8 and 15. When this crew is finished with these blocks, the crew will move north on Morgan Avenue S. and Logan Avenue S. for the next several weeks.
  • Another crew is continuing to connect natural gas service lines along Oliver Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 75th Street for approximately the next few weeks. When the crews are done with these blocks, they will move to W. 72nd Street between Upton Avenue S. and Washburn Avenue S. for approximately two weeks.



10/1/2018

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be installing natural gas mains along Oliver Avenue S. between W. 70th Street and W. 75th Street. This stretch will begin tomorrow on Wednesday, October 3, and last for approximately the next two weeks. The details from the update published below from September 28, 2018, will remain the same. 



9/28/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Below are the construction details:

Installing natural gas mains
  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have installed natural gas mains along all the project’s streets west of Penn Avenue S. They have also installed natural gas mains along Oliver Avenue S., Newton Avenue S., Morgan Avenue S. and Logan Avenue S. south of Richfield Middle School, West Junior High School and Donaldson Park.
  • The crews are currently installing natural gas mains along Oliver Avenue S. working north from W. 75th Street to W. 70th Street. When they’re done with the main installation in that area, they’ll move to Newton Avenue S., working north from W. 74th Street.
Connecting natural gas service lines to installed mains
  • Crews from Michels Corporation are currently connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along the following streets:
    • Washburn Avenue S. heading north from W. 70th ½ Street to W. 67th Street
    • Queen Avenue S. heading north from W. 74th Street to W. 70th Street
    • W. 71st Street from Upton Avenue S. to Washburn Avenue S.



9/19/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Below are the construction details:

Installing natural gas mains
  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are currently installing natural gas mains along W. 77th Street and Sheridan Avenue S. The crews will be installing natural gas mains along selected streets east of Penn Avenue S. in the following order:
    • Newton Avenue S. and W. 76th Street, starting on the south end and working north
    • Morgan Avenue S. and W. 76th Street, starting on the south end and working north
    • Logan Avenue S. and W. 74th Street, starting on the south end and working north
    • Oliver Avenue S. and W. 75th Street, starting on the south end and working north
  • After the crews have finished installing natural gas mains on these streets, they will install natural gas mains along selected streets east of Logan Avenue S.
Connecting natural gas service lines to installed mains
  • One crew from Michels Corporation will be connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along Russell Avenue S. between W. 66th Street and W. 68th Street for approximately the next two weeks.
  • Another crew from Michels Corporation are currently connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along W. 70th Street between Vincent Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S. After W. 70th Street is done with the connections, the crews will move onto W. 70th ½ Street between Xerxes Avenue S. and Penn Avenue S. 



9/5/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Below are the construction details:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed natural gas mains along the following streets from W. 68th Street to W. 74th Street: Washburn Avenue S., Vincent Avenue S., Upton Avenue S., Thomas Avenue S., Sheridan Avenue S., Russell Avenue S. and Queen Avenue S.
  • The crews are continuing to connect natural gas service lines to the installed mains along Vincent Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S. between W. 68th Street and W. 69th Street. They will be working on these streets for the next week or two.
  • The crews are also connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along Sheridan Avenue S. and Russell Avenue S. between W. 68th Street and W. 69th Street. They will be working on these streets for the next two weeks. 



8/28/2018
CenterPoint Energy is progressing in its “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project.” Below are the construction details:

  • Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed natural gas mains along the following streets from W. 68th Street to W. 73rd Street: Washburn Avenue S., Vincent Avenue S., Upton Avenue S., Thomas Avenue S., Sheridan Avenue S., Russell Avenue S. and Queen Avenue S.
  • Next, the crews will install natural gas mains along these streets until they reach W. 78th Street. When these are done, they will move back north until they install natural gas mains up to W. 66th Street. They will also install natural gas mains along Xerxes Avenue S. between W. 68th Street and W. 69th Street and between W. 76th Street and W. 78th Street.
  • On Thursday, August 23, the crews started connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along Vincent Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S. between W. 68th Street and W. 69th Street. They will continue the connections in this area for about another week.
  • The crews are also connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along Queen Avenue S. between W. 68th Street and W. 69th Street. 



8/15/2018
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, began CenterPoint Energy’s “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project” in the week of August 6. Since then the crews have installed natural gas main along the following streets from W. 68th Street to W. 70th Street: Queen Avenue S., Russell Avenue S., Sheridan Avenue S. and Upton Avenue S. They have also installed natural gas main along W. 70th Street from Queen Avenue S. to Washburn Avenue S.

Over the course of the project, the crews will be installing natural gas main south from their current area and then will return to install natural gas main north of W. 68th Street. 


8/2/2018

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

Beginning in the week of August 6, 2018, and ending in late Fall 2018, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Michels Corporation, will be replacing natural gas mains and connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains in Richfield along the following streets:

Eastbound and westbound streets

  • W. 66th Street
  • W. 68th Street
  • W. 69th Street
  • W. 70th Street
  • W. 70 ½ Street
  • W. 71st Street
  • W. 71 ½ Street
  • W. 72nd Street
  • W. 73rd Street
  • W. 74th Street
  • W. 75th Street
  • W. 77th Street
  • W. 78th Street

Northbound and southbound streets

  • Xerxes Avenue S.
  • Washburn Avenue S.
  • Vincent Avenue S.
  • Upton Avenue S.
  • Thomas Avenue S.
  • Sheridan Avenue S.
  • Russell Avenue S.
  • Queen Avenue S.
  • Oliver Avenue S.
  • Newton Avenue S.
  • Morgan Avenue S.
  • Logan Avenue S.
  • Knox Avenue S.
  • James Avenue S.
  • Humboldt Avenue S.

CenterPoint Energy’s work will be done in coordination with the City of Richfield’s “Accelerated Mill and Overlay Program” project. For more information on the city’s project, please visit its website.

What are the estimated traffic impacts?

  • Residents and local businesses will have access to their properties at all times.
  • 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 if Q3 Contracting doesn’t finish all restoration in 2018?

CenterPoint Energy’s “Richfield 2018 Reconstruction Project” project may end in the 2019 construction season if necessary. While Michels Corporation will finish the natural gas main installations and the service line connections in 2018, Q3 Contracting will work behind Michels Corporation, restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s construction. If restoration is not finished in 2018 because the weather is unconducive for permanent restoration, Q3 Contracting will temporarily restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by Michels Corporation’s construction. Q3 Contracting will return in the spring and summer 2019 construction season to permanently restore these areas.

For examples of permanent and temporary restoration, please see our Restoration Practices and Updates page.

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 CenterPointEnergy.com/BeSafe.

Frequent updates will be posted on this Project Status page. In addition, you can contact one of the following CenterPoint Energy resources. Please reference the project name or number 85420440:

  • Information Hotline:
    • email: csv.constructionservices@centerpointenergy.com
    • phone: 612-321-5369
  • Communication Specialist, Hannah Gullickson:
    • phone: 612-321-5546
  • Restoration Department:
    • email: csv.restoration@centerpointenergy.com
    • phone: 612-321-5042

We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to serve you.