CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, Q3 Contracting, finished the project’s natural gas work. This included replacing the mains, connecting the service lines to the new mains, and moving inside meters outside. Another Q3 Contracting crew will restore the areas affected by construction. They plan to permanently finish all the project’s addresses by the middle of November. If the weather is too cold for permanent restoration, they will put down temporary winter erosion control and return in spring for permanent restoration. We appreciate your patience!
This week, a crew from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the natural gas main under the west boulevard of Flag Avenue S., Westmoreland Lane, and Franklin Avenue W. between 14th Street W. and Westwood Hills Drive. For the next approximately five weeks, they will replace the main, connect the service lines to the new main, and move inside meters outside. During this time, parking will be restricted in active construction zones.
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
From Monday, September 19 into October or November 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in St. Louis Park. Q3 Contracting will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, move any inside meters outside, and restore the areas affected by their work. During this time, parking, sidewalk, and lane closures may occur. The crews will work along Flag Avenue S., Westmoreland Lane, and Franklin Avenue W.
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 soft surface restoration?
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.