​​​​​Project Status - St. Louis Park - Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street

10/30/2017

CenterPoint Energy has finished its construction on the W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard project in St. Louis Park! Construction began on June 1 and ended on Friday, October 27. Below are the construction details:

Phase 1
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, installed the natural gas mains along the following streets:

  • W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard between Vernon Avenue S. and Louisiana Avenue S.
  • Webster Avenue S. between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard
  • Colorado Avenue S. between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard
  • Ham​pshire Avenue S. between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard
Phase 2
Crews from Michels Corporation also connected the natural gas service lines to the installed mains listed above.

Phase 3
Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, finished restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. The traffic barriers associated with CenterPoint Energy’s work have been removed from the project site.

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



10/10/2017

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are progressing in construction on the W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard project. The project’s end date is within late October 2017. Below are details regarding the crews' progress:

Phase 2
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have finished connecting all the natural gas service lines to the installed mains.

Phase 3
Crews from Q3, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have been restoring the areas affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction. They will finish in the middle of October 2017. Below are the restoration details:

  • The crews have restored the hard and soft surfaces along the westbound boulevard of Minnetonka Boulevard between Louisiana Avenue S. and Edgewood Avenue S.
  • The ​crews are currently restoring the hard and soft surfaces along the eastbound boulevard of Minnetonka Boulevard between Louisiana Avenue S. and Edgewood Avenue S.​
Restoration will conclude CenterPoint Energy's work on the Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street project. The traffic signs associated with CenterPoint Energy's work will be removed when restoration is complete.



9/20/2017

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are progressing in construction on the W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard project. The project’s end date is within the middle of October 2017. Below are details regarding the crews' progress:

Phase 2
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will be connecting the natural gas service lines to the installed natural gas mains along the northbound curb side of Louisiana Avenue S. east of Dakota Avenue S.

Phase 3
Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have restored the hard surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along the north side of Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) between Louisiana Avenue S. and Colorado Avenue S. They are currently restoring the soft surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along the south side of Minnetonka Boulevard between Louisiana Avenue S. and Colorado Avenue S.



9/13/2017

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are progressing in construction on the W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard project. The project’s end date is within the middle of October 2017. Below are details regarding the crews' progress:

Phase 1
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, are done installing the natural gas mains on the project. They are currently connecting the installed mains to the existing mains that intersect along the construction route. This is occurring along W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard between Louisiana Avenue S. and Vernon Avenue S.

Phase 2
Crews from Michels Corporation are currently connecting natural gas service lines to the installed mains along the northbound curb side of Louisiana Avenue S. at W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard. The crews will be finished with connecting the natural gas service lines on the entire project within two weeks.

Phase 3
Crews from Q3 Contracting, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, have restored the hard surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction along Minnetonka Boulevard from Louisiana Avenue S. to Colorado Avenue S. They have been restoring the soft surfaces affected by CenterPoint Energy’s construction in the same area.




8/24/2017

Crews from Michels Corporation will finish installing the natural gas mains on W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard within the week of August 28. The crews will continue connecting natural gas service lines to the new mains for the next several weeks. Below are details of the crews' progress during the weeks of August 21 and 28:

Minnetonka Boulevard
  • The crews are installing natural gas main along the westbound lane and curb side of Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) from Webster Avenue S. to Vernon Avenue S., and from Dakota Avenue S. to Louisiana Avenue S.
  • Two-way traffic is being maintained along Minnetonka Boulevard between Louisiana Avenue S. and Vernon Avenue S. The north (westbound) sidewalk along Minnetonka Boulevard is closed while active construction is occurring along the affected streets.
  • The bus stop at Vernon Avenue S. and Minnetonka Boulevard has been moved to Xenwood Avenue S.
  • To allow for the natural gas main installation, the crews have closed Webster Avenue S. from Minnetonka Boulevard for a limited time. Drivers can access Webster Avenue S. via Vernon Avenue S. and W. 29th Street. This closure will last until tomorrow on Friday, August 25.
  • By Thursday, August 31, the crews will have connected all the natural gas service lines to the installed main along Minnetonka Boulevard between Edgewood Avenue S. and Idaho Avenue S. After this stretch is done, the crews will have a few more weeks of connecting the natural gas service lines to the other mains on this project. That will complete work on the natural gas service lines on this project.
W. 29th Street
  • The crews are also connecting the installed main to the existing mains along W. 29th Street between Louisiana Avenue S. and Webster Avenue S.
  • Th​ere are no lane closures along W. 29th Street between Louisiana Avenue S. and Webster Avenue S. There are currently sidewalk closures wherever active construction is occurring.  



7/28/2017

What is the crews' progress?

​Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are progressing in construction on the Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street project. The crews have installed natural gas pipeline along W. 29th Street from Louisiana Avenue S. to Zarthan Avenue S.

  • The crews have opened the streets that were previously affected by construction along W. 29th Street from Louisiana Avenue S. to Zarthan Avenue S.
  • As the crews continue to install natural gas pipeline eastward along W. 29th Street, they have closed W. 29th Street to through traffic from Yosemite Avenue S. to Webster Avenue S. Local residents can access their houses during construction.
  • The crews have also closed Zarthan Avenue S. along W. 29th Street. Currently drivers can access westbound W. 29th Street from southbound Zarthan Avenue S. while Zarthan Avenue S. is closed.
  • ​Detour signs will be posted on site, leading drivers back onto W. 29th Street via Vernon Avenue S. 



7/20/2017

What is the crews' progress?

​Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are progressing in construction on the Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street project. The crews have installed natural gas pipeline along the westbound curb side of W. 29th Street from Louisiana Avenue S. to Colorado Avenue S.

  • While installing natural gas pipeline on W. 29th Street, the crews have closed the westbound lane from Brunswick Avenue S. to Zarthan Avenue S. until the pipeline is installed between these streets. They are maintaining one-way traffic in the eastbound lane of W. 29th Street.
  • The crews have also closed the entrances from W. 29th Street to Brunswick Avenue S. and Blackstone Avenue S. for a few days until Friday, July 21, or early within the week of July 24.
  • As stated in previous updates below, the crews will shift the construction zone a few blocks at a time on W. 29th Street until they’ve reached Webster Avenue S. Then they will transition to installing natural gas pipeline on Minnetonka Boulevard between Louisiana Avenue S. and Vernon Avenue S.​




7/12/2017

Where have the crews been so far?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are progressing in construction on the Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street project. So far, the crews have installed natural gas pipeline along W. 29th Street from Louisiana Avenue S. to Edgewood Avenue S. They also installed natural gas main along Jersey Avenue S. from W. 27th Street to W. Minnetonka Boulevard.

Where are the crews now, and where will they be next?

The crews are currently installing natural gas pipeline on W. 29th Street. Below are the traffic plans for W. 29th Street:

  • Where active construction is occurring on W. 29th Street, the crews are working in segments of four blocks going east from Louisiana Avenue S. to Webster Avenue S.
  • Every four days or one week, the crews will move to the next two blocks along the construction route.
  • Within those four blocks, there will be one-way traffic maintained with traffic barriers. Currently the eastbound lane is open for traffic.
  • Detour signs will lead drivers north to W. 28th Street and back to W. 29th Street via one of the avenues between W. 28th and W. 29th Streets.
  • In addition to construction along W. 29th Street, the crews will close one of the intersections along W. 29th Street for a limited time within the four-block segment. They will reopen after active construction is done along that intersection.
  • Currently Colorado Avenue S. is closed from W. 29th Street to W. 28th Street until Wednesday, July 19. When the crews reopen Colorado Avenue S., they will close Brunswick Avenue S. from W. 29th Street to W. 28th Street until Friday, July 21, or early within the week of July 24.​




6/16/2017

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, installed natural gas main on Jersey Avenue S. from W. 27th Street to W. Minnetonka Boulevard (Phase 1). Starting on Thursday, June 22, the crews will be connecting natural gas service lines to the new main along that route for three weeks (Phase 2).

On Monday, June 19, the crews will begin installing natural gas main in the westbound lanes of W. 29th Street (Phase 1). They will start at Louisiana Avenue S. and work eastward toward Hampshire Avenue S. for up to two weeks. During active construction, W. 29th Street will be closed except to local traffic. Traffic will be detoured to Minnetonka Boulevard or W. 28th Street via Louisiana or Hampshire Avenues S.​



6/8/2017​

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing existing natural gas pipeline for two system upgrade projects in St. Louis Park. Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas distribution mains along the following streets:

  • The curb side of Jersey Avenue S. between W. 27th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard (southbound Jersey between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka, and northbound Jersey between W. 27th and 29th Streets)  (June 8 – July 14)​
  • The curb side of westbound W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard going westward from Vernon Avenue S. to Louisiana Avenue S.  (June 19 – late August)
  • ​​The curb side of northbound Webster Avenue S., Colorado Avenue S. and Hampshire Avenue S. between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard. (June 19 – late August) 

Other details regarding the project’s area and duration will remain the same as listed in previous updates below.



5/11/2017

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will begin construction on the Minnetonka Boulevard and W. 29th Street project in the week of June 8, 2017. Details regarding the project’s area and duration will remain the same as listed in previous updates below.


5/2/2017​

Open house meeting tonight at St. Louis Park City Hall

As a reminder for tonight’s meeting, an open house is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Park City Hall at 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard. The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers. Representatives from the City of St. Louis Park as well as CenterPoint Energy personnel will discuss details of CenterPoint Energy’s construction project, detailed below, and will invite questions or comments from the public. ​


4/24/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing existing natural gas pipeline for two system upgrade projects in St. Louis Park. Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas distribution mains along the following streets:

  • The curb side of Jersey Avenue S. between W. 27th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard (southbound Jersey between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka, and northbound Jersey between W. 27th and 29th Streets)  (June 8 – July 14)
  • The curb side of westbound W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard going westward from Vernon Avenue S. to Louisiana Avenue S.  (June 19 – late August)
  • ​The curb side of northbound Webster Avenue S., Colorado Avenue S. and Hampshire Avenue S. between W. 29th Street and Minnetonka Boulevard. (June 19 – late August) 

Please view this Project Status page for frequent updates. Lane restrictions are anticipated in areas where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

How does this apply to customers?

An open house is scheduled for May 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Park City Hall at 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard. The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers. Representatives from the City of St. Louis Park as well as CenterPoint Energy personnel will discuss details of the project and will invite questions or comments from the public.​

This construction happens in three phases: 

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the gas service lines to the new main along the same construction route. (A gas service line is a small-diameter pipe connecting the customer’s gas service to the main line in the street.)
  • ​Phase 3 is restoring the areas affected by construction—typically the utility easement, the street, and the customer’s yard.

How may construction affect customers?

As part of this main project, the crews will also 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, CenterPoint Energy will restore the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction at no cost to you.

How can I contact CenterPoint Energy?

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank you for your patience. 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.