This week, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the project’s natural gas main and activated the new main. Another Michels Corporation crew will connect the natural gas service lines to the new main.


Today on Tuesday, August 31, the crew began replacing the project’s natural gas mains. By Friday, September 10, they will have replaced the mains along the following streets: the east side of Huntington Avenue S. between 38th and 39th Streets W.; the east side of Glenhurst Avenue S. from 38th Street W. to the cul-de-sac south of 39th Street W.; the north side of 39th Street W. between Huntington and Glenhurst Avenues S. During this time, parking will be restricted on the east sides of Huntington and Glenhurst Avenues S. and along the cul-de-sac.

What will CenterPoint Energy do?

Beginning in the week of August 23 and lasting into early fall 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in St. Louis Park along the following streets: Huntington Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets W.; Glenhurst Avenue from 38th Street W. to just south of 39th Street W.; and 39th Street W. between Huntington and Glenhurst Avenues.

While Michels Corporation will replace natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. Although no road closures are expected, lane and parking closures will occur. Flaggers may be on site to help direct traffic. The sidewalks on the odd-numbered sides of Huntington and Glenhurst Avenues.

What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?

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.

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 restoration?

Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. 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.