​​​​​​​Project Status - Waseca - 8th Street NE

10/7/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy finished construction on the Waseca projects in 8th Street NE and the alleys and streets west of 8th Street NE. The projects entailed the installation of new natural gas distribution mains in the streets shown in the maps below. Crews from Q3, an authorized contractor for CenterPoint Energy, have been restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank the residents and customers for their patience during this process.​


10/4/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are nearly finished with construction on the Waseca projects in 8th Street NE and the alleys and streets west of 8th Street NE:
  • The crews have finished restoring the hard surfaces affected by construction along 8th Street NE. (See the first map below.) They have currently restored about 95% of the soft surfaces along 8th Street NE. They should be finished with the soft surfaces by about Monday, October 10, or Tuesday, October 11.​
  • The crews have finished all construction in the alleys and streets west of 8th Street NE, including the installation of the new natural gas distribution main and the restoration of the hard and soft surfaces. (See the second map below.)
CenterPoint Energy wants to thank the residents and customers for their patience during this process.​



9/28/2016 Update

Construction is near completion on the Waseca projects in 8th Street NE and the alleys and streets west of 8th Street NE. The crews have finished both the main installation and the gas service line connections.

Currently the crews are restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction. This is the final step in completing the Waseca projects.

CenterPoint Energy wants to thank the residents and customers for their patience during this process.​


9/23/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are currently connecting the gas service lines in the 8th Street NE project in Waseca and plan to finish by about Tuesday, September 27. The crews have finished the hard and soft surface restoration in the alleys west of 8th Street NE in Waseca. They are currently restoring the hard and soft surfaces along 8th Street NE in the following lanes:

  • Crews are restoring the hard surfaces between 4th Avenue NE and 5th Avenue NE.
  • ​Crews are restoring the soft surfaces between E. Elm Avenue and 2nd Avenue NE.​​



9/14/2016 Update

What is CenterPoint Energy’s progress on construction?

Crews from CenterPoint Energy have finished installing the natural gas distribution main in the Waseca projects along 8th Street NE from 8th Avenue NE to 3rd Avenue SE. The project is split into two jobs: one from 8th Avenue NE to Elm Avenue NE, and the other from 4th Avenue NE to 3rd Avenue SE.

Where will the crews be working next?

The crews have finished connecting the service lines in the southern half of the Waseca project, from 4th Avenue NE to 3rd Avenue SE. The crews have also finished restoring 90% of the hard surfaces in that area. The soft surfaces are being restored from 3rd Avenue NE to 6th Avenue NE.

In the northern half of the project, the crews have finished installing services from Elm Avenue E. to 5th Avenue NE, working their way northward to 8th Avenue NE. The crews will start restoring the hard surface in roughly two weeks from the week of September 12. Afterward, the soft surfaces will be restored following the hard surfaces.

What does this mean for the residents?

A gas service line is a small pipe connecting the resident’s gas to the main line in the street. Existing gas service lines will be connected to the gas main. Customers will experience a short disruption of gas service.

Crews may have to dig in some residents’ properties in the utility easement to achieve this task. If a resident’s property is disturbed, CenterPoint Energy will be responsible for restoring the hard and soft surfaces affected by construction. This is at no cost to the customer or resident of the construction area.​
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8/15/2016 Update

Crews from CenterPoint Energy are progressing in their work along 8th Street NE and the streets and alleys west of 8th Street NE. As of August 15, one crew finished installing the upgraded main gas pipe along 8th Street NE south of 5th Avenue NE and west of 8th Street NE, including the following:

  • 4th Avenue NE
  • 3rd Avenue NE
  • 2nd Avenue SE
  • ​3rd Avenue SE
The crews are currently working northward on 8th Street NE. They are working on 5th Avenue NE today on August 15 and tomorrow on August 16.

Meanwhile, the second crew is connecting the gas lines from residential houses to the new main pipe. So far, the second crew is working south of 5th Avenue NE and west of 8th Street NE. (See maps for both Waseca 8th Street NE and Waseca Streets and alleys west of 8th Street NE.)

A third crew is restoring the hard and soft surfaces south of Elm Avenue E, including the curbs, sidewalks, roads and yards that were affected by construction.


7/​6/2016 Update

What is CenterPoint Energy doing? 

As a system upgrade project, Michels Corporation, an authorized CenterPoint Energy contractor, will replace approximately 7,032 feet of various diameter plastic and steel pipe with 5,700 feet of 2-inch and 4-inch plastic pipe. The work will also include the replacement of approximately ​105 natural gas service lines.

Where and when will construction happen?

The work will take place along 5th Avenue NE, 7th Avenue NE and along 8th Street NE, from 8th Avenue NE to Elm Avenue E. Construction is expected to ​begin the week of July 11, 2016, and will require approximately two and a half months to complete the work.​