​​​​​Project Status - St. Louis Park - Texas Avenue S.

5/16/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have finished their construction on the Texas Avenue S. project from Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to Walker Street (W. 36th Street).

Further construction work is being done by Minnesota Limited, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, and a construction contractor from the City of St. Louis Park. For more information on Minnesota Limited’s work on Texas Avenue S. and Blake Road​, please visit CenterPoint Energy’s website page. For more information on the City of St. Louis Park’s “2017 Municipal State Aid Project – Texas Avenue,” please visit the City of St. Louis Park’s page.

Texas Avenue S. will continue to be closed by Minnesota Limited and the construction contractor from the City of St. Louis Park. Please see our update published on May 11, 2017, for their traffic control details.



5/11/2017

What is the progress of construction?

Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will finish their construction work on the Texas Avenue S. project by the end of this week ending May 12. By then, they will have finished Phases 1 and 2 on the project.

Further construction work will be done by Minnesota Limited, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, and a construction contractor from the City of St. Louis Park. For more information on Minnesota Limited’s work on Texas Avenue S. and Blake Road, click here. For more information on the City of St. Louis Park’s “2017 Municipal State Aid Project – Texas Avenue,” click here.

What are the traffic control plans?

  • Crews from Minnesota Limited will close the intersection of Walker Street (W. 36th Street) and Texas Avenue S. for one month starting on Monday, May 15. Detour signs will lead drivers onto Sumter Avenue S., W. 37th Street, MN Highway 7, Aquila Avenue S., and onto W. 36th Street or Walker Street. 

  • ​The crews have closed Texas Avenue S. to through traffic from Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to the intersection of Walker Street (W. 36th Street). Detour signs are posted, leading drivers onto Minnetonka Boulevard, Louisiana Avenue S. and Highway 7. This will remain in effect while Minnesota Limited is installing the new natural gas transmission main for the Texas Avenue S. and Blake Road project. This project is happening until June 2017. The City of St. Louis Park will keep using this closure for their “2017 Municipal State Aid Project – Texas Avenue.” ​



5/3/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are continuing construction until the middle of May. (See more information below regarding details of the project.) The crews will be working weekdays during the weeks of May 1 and 8, in addition to the Saturdays of May 6 and 13, 2017. They will not be working on the Sundays of May 7 and 14. The crews will be working between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. CenterPoint Energy is replacing a gas main in anticipation for the upcoming City of St. Louis Park Texas Avenue road project.

Michels Corporation will be closing two northbound lanes on Texas Avenue S. from W. 34th Street to W. 36th Street. Traffic will be shifted into the southbound lanes on Texas Avenue S. from W. 34th Street to W. 36th Street, where two-way traffic will be maintained where active construction is occurring. The other intersections along the construction route will remain open. Parking and lane restrictions are required in areas where construction activity is occurring and is necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.



5/2/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are continuing Phase 2 of 3 in the Texas Avenue S. project in St. Louis Park. They are connecting natural gas service lines to the new natural gas distribution mains that were installed on Texas Avenue S. between Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) and Walker Street and W. 36th Street. Crews from Q3, another authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are working behind the Phase 2 crews to restore the areas affected by construction (Phase 3).

Concurrently while Michels Corporation and Q3 are working on Texas Avenue S., crews from Minnesota Limited, another authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are working on Texas Avenue S., beginning their seven-month-long construction project at the intersection of Texas Avenue S. and Minnetonka Boulevard working south on Texas Avenue S., Highway 7 and Blake Road to Spruce Road. For more information on Minnesota Limited’s project, please view CenterPoint Energy’s web page for Hopkins and St. Louis Park – Texas Avenue S. and Blake Road.



4/25/2017
Currently, Texas Avenue S. is closed to through traffic from Minnetonka Boulevard to W. 36th Street/Walker Street. While Michels Corporation and Q3 will continue working in this area, crews from Minnesota Limited will be using the road closure to install natural gas transmission mains. Their project started on April 18 at Texas Avenue S. and Minnetonka Boulevard and will continue along Texas Avenue S. to Highway 7, continuing on Blake Road from Highway 7 to Spruce Road. That project is scheduled to last from April to October 2017 with two-way traffic maintained whenever possible. Road closure will stay in place for the City of St. Louis Park’s contractor to follow the gas work.

For more information on Minnesota Limited’s Texas Avenue S. and Blake Road project, please view our website page for Hopkins and St. Louis Park’s Texas Avenue S./Blake Road project​. 



4/24/2017
Crews from CenterPoint Energy finished installing the natural gas main (Phase 1) today on Monday, April 24. Currently, crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are restoring the areas affected by construction only at the intersection of Texas Avenue S. and W. 36th Street/Walker Street. They will be finished restoring these areas by EOB today.

Meanwhile, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, are continuing Phase 2, which is connecting natural gas service lines to the new mains along Texas Avenue S. As of today, they’ve finished Phase 2 along Texas Avenue S. from Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to W. 32nd Street.

For the rest of the week of April 24, they will continue Phase 2 along Texas Avenue S. to W. 33rd Street.​



4/19/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have started Phase 2, which is connecting natural gas service lines to the new gas mains. They are working on Phase 2 concurrently while other crews from Michels Corporation are continuing to work on Phase 1, which is installing gas mains at the intersection of Texas Avenue S. and W. 36th Street/Walker Street. (Please see our update below from April 17, 2017.)

The crews are working southward on Phase 2, beginning north at Minnetonka Boulevard and ending at Walker Street. Phase 2 will last for approximately one month. The crews will not be closing any lanes while they’re working on Phase 2. ​



4/17/2017
Since the start of the project on March 27, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have installed natural gas mains (Phase 1) on Texas Avenue S. from Minnetonka Boulevard to W. 36th Street/Walker Street.

Starting today on Monday, April 17, the crews will be installing natural gas main (Phase 1) at the intersection of Texas Avenue S. and W. 36th Street/Walker Street. They will be closing two northbound lanes on Texas Avenue S. from Walker Street to W. 37th Street. Traffic will be shifted into the southbound lanes on Texas Avenue S. from Walker Street to W. 37th Street, where two-way traffic will be maintained where active construction is occurring.

These lane restrictions will remain in place for up to two weeks. They are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe. The other intersections along the construction route will remain open.​



4/7/2017
Since March 27, crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have installed natural gas main (Phase 1) on Texas Avenue S. from Minnetonka Boulevard to W. 33rd Street.  Starting Monday, April 10, the crews will continue installing natural gas main (Phase 1) on Texas Avenue S. from W. 33rd Street to Walker Street.

Two-way traffic is being maintained on Texas Avenue S. The crews are working in the east (northbound) parking lane and sidewalk, which are closed where active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe.

Also starting on Monday, April 10, another crew from Michels Corporation will be working on Phase 2, which is connecting the gas service lines to the new main, on Texas Avenue S. During that week, they’ll start at Minnetonka Boulevard and work south to W. 32nd Street, along the same construction route where the Phase 1 crews had previously installed natural gas main.​



3/30/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, will be working this weekend on Saturday, April 1, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They will not be working on Sunday.

After the weekend, they will resume their schedule as mentioned below. They have also closed the bus stop at the southeast corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Texas Avenue S. for northbound bus riders.

More updates will be provided on this Project Status web page.  ​



3/28/2017
Crews from Michels Corporation, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have begun work on the Texas Avenue S. project since yesterday on Monday, March 27.

They began work at the corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Texas Avenue S. They are working from the north side of the project moving southward.

There are no driving lanes closed during this project. The areas that are currently closed are the east sidewalk and parking lane from Minnetonka Boulevard to W. 31st Street.

The crews will close these areas wherever active construction is occurring. The lane restrictions are necessary to keep both the public and construction personnel safe. 



3/14/2017

What is CenterPoint Energy doing for construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy will begin replacing an existing natural gas pipeline in St. Louis Park the week of March 27, 2017. Project construction is expected to last until late June 2017. (Any changes in project dates will be noted on CenterPoint Energy’s website.) Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will begin installing natural gas mains along Texas Avenue S. from Minnetonka Boulevard (County Road 5) to W. 36th Street/Walker Street.

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.

Construction typically happens in three phases:

  • Phase 1 is installing the natural gas distribution main.
  • Phase 2 is connecting the natural 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.