7/9/2020

Crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to shift a lane on Winnetka Avenue from Plymouth Avenue to Medicine Lake Road. The following traffic plans will be in place: Through traffic will be maintained. The cross roads will remain open until we need to the crews need to excavate. Residential access will be maintained. The flagging crews have been placed with each crew for working hours. Traffic lights have been placed in flash during working hours and are being placed back in service after hours.


The first crew working will move to 23rd Avenue N., working north. The second crew is at Duluth Street, working north.


The crews will finish paving the section at Plymouth Avenue on July 14. The road will then be reopened up to Duluth Avenue once cured.

7/2/2020

Crews from Minnesota Limited, are continuing the lane shift on Winnetka Avenue from 10th to Duluth Streets. Through traffic will be maintained. Cross roads will remain open until we need to we need to excavate. Residential access will be maintained. Flagging crews have been placed with each crew for working hours. Traffic lights have been placed in flash during working hours and are being placed back in service after hours.


One crew is working at Plymouth and Winnetka Avenues, working on connecting natural gas mains to the natural gas vault. Another crew is at Duluth Street, working north to replace the natural gas main.


The paving began yesterday on July 1 due to rain earlier in the week. On July 6, traffic control will be shortened from 10th Street N. to Plymouth Avenue. From July 6 to 7, the milling is scheduled on Winnetka Avenue from Duluth Street to Medicine Lake Road. On July 14, the crews will pave at Winnetka and Plymouth Avenues. Once cured, the road will be reopened up to Duluth Street.

6/30/2020

Week of June 22

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, continued to replace the natural gas main along Winnetka Avenue between 28th and 30th Avenues. They also began connecting the new main to the existing intersecting ones at Medicine Lake Road and Terra Linda Drive.


Week of July 29

This week, the crews are continuing to work along Winnetka Avenue between 28th and 30th Avenues, and they are continuing the main connections at the following streets: 28th, 29th, 30th, Medicine Lake Road and Terra Linda Drive. Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have been restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work between 23rd Avenue and Winnetka Avenue. The service line connections are complete in this area.


Paving on Winnetka Avenue between Duluth and Faribault Avenues

Although the paving in this area was scheduled for June 29 and 30, the crews have pushed back the date to July 1 and 2 due to rain on June 29.

6/29/2020

What will happen at Winnetka Ave. & Plymouth Ave.?

From mid-July to late August, the crews will perform work at the intersection of Plymouth and Winnetka Avenues. During this time, they will replace the natural gas mains, upgrade natural gas vaults, and perform work on the storm sewers and sidewalk. The curbline will be extended to 20 feet west of the driveway of 1224 Winnetka Ave. with a pedestrian access ramp at Plymouth Ave. on the east side of Winnetka Ave.


During active construction, the dead end of Plymouth Ave. will be closed. The crews will work with residents on local access or driveway closures as needed.

6/25/2020

Crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing the lane shift on Winnetka Avenue from 10th to Duluth Street. Through traffic will be maintained. Cross roads will remain open until we need to we need to excavate. Residential access will be maintained. Flagging crews have been placed with each crew for working hours. Traffic lights have been placed in flash during working hours and are being placed back in service after hours.


One crew is working at Plymouth and Winnetka Avenues installing the natural gas main and preparing for the vault installation, which will take place on June 29. Another crew is between Wesley Drive and Duluth Street, working north to replace the natural gas main.


On June 30, the crews will pave the east side of Winnetka Avenue from Faribault Avenue to about 400 feet south of Duluth Avenue. They are skipping a 200-foot section at Plymouth Avenue. The milling is scheduled for July 6 and 7 on Winnetka Avenue from Duluth Street to Medicine Lake Road.

6/19/2020

Natural gas main replacements

This week crews from Michels Corporation continued to replace the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 30th Avenue to Terra Linda Avenue. Traffic control has the two middle lanes closed, reducing the road to a one lane two-way figuration. Next week, the crew will continue to replace the natural gas main on the following cross streets along Winnetka Avenue: 30th Avenue, 29th Avenue, 28th Avenue, and Terra Linda Avenue. Traffic control during this side street work will shift drivers to the opposite side of the road.


Service line connections

The same traffic control will be in place along Winnetka Avenue from 23rd Avenue to Medicine Lake Road. On June 20, the crews will begin connecting the natural gas service lines to the new main. Beginning June 22, there will be a lane shift on the north side of Medicine Lake Road, reducing the east and west traffic to a one-lane two-way configuration. The crews will work in the most northbound lane of Medicine Lake Road. The crews will work on this section of pipe for most if not all of next week.


Paving

From 7 a.m. on June 29 to 6 p.m. on June 30, the crews will pave the east side of Winnetka Avenue from Faribault Street to Duluth Street. Access to properties’ driveways on the east side of Winnetka Avenue will be unavailable during this time. Please find alternate parking. We appreciate your patience as we continue to upgrade our natural gas lines and restore the affected roads for traffic.

6/17/2020

Michels Corporation’s progress

Last week, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 23rd Avenue N. to Medicine Lake Road and on 23rd Avenue N. east and west of the Winnetka Avenue intersection. Within the next few weeks, the crews will return to this area to connect the natural gas service lines to these new mains.


This week the crews replaced the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 32nd to 30th Avenues. Two-way traffic is shifted and being maintained in the northbound lanes. They are also crossing Medicine Lake Road and working north on Winnetka Avenue N. toward Terra Linda Drive. Then they will connect the new natural gas main to the existing intersecting ones east and west on Medicine Lake Road.


Next week, the crews will continue south toward Medicine Lake Road, at which point the traffic control will merge with the other crew’s set-up that is working north from Medicine Lake Road.


Minnesota Limited’s progress

Crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to shift traffic on Winnetka Avenue from 10th Avenue N. to Duluth Street. Through traffic is being maintained. There will be delays. Cross roads will remain open until we need to we need to excavate. Residential access is being maintained. Flaggers are being used during working hours. Signal lights are being placed in flash during working hours.

6/10/2020

Beginning tomorrow and lasting for approximately one week, crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will be performing natural gas work at Olympia Avenue and Winnetka Avenue. While northbound and southbound traffic is being maintained on Winnetka Avenue, drivers can’t turn onto or from Olympia Avenue. Detour routes are posted on site.

6/9/2020

What is a ZEVAC unit?

As part of a comprehensive strategy to minimize methane emissions from its pipeline system, CenterPoint Energy is deploying an innovative new technology called Zero Emission Vacuum and Compressor (ZEVAC). Last week on this project, crews used a ZEVAC unit to remove natural gas from one pipe and transfer it into another. This process avoids the need to release gas into the air. Nearby residents may hear some additional noise from the ZEVAC unit’s operation. For more information on ZEVAC and its benefits, please click here.


CenterPoint Energy was on the news!

CenterPoint Energy’s crews were a part of CCX Media's highlights in Golden Valley last week, showing the ZEVAC in action. Visit CCX Media’s website for the video “CenterPoint Energy’s Cool New Machine at Work on Winnetka Avenue Pipeline Project.”

6/8/2020

This week crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, plan on completing a few road crossings that will be east to west across Winnetka Avenue. These crossings will require flaggers. The crews will also activate the new main from 23rd Avenue N. to Medicine Lake Road at the end of the week of June 15. The crews are also working on 23rd Avenue N. east of Winnetka Avenue N.

6/4/2020

Crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing the lane shifts on the following roads until Monday, June 8: Winnetka Avenue N. and Medicine Lake Road; 10th Avenue N. and Rhode Island Avenue N.; and Plymouth Avenue west of Winnetka Avenue N. Paving in these areas is scheduled for June 5. Through traffic will be maintained.


The crews are also continuing a lane shift on Winnetka Avenue N. from 10th Avenue N. to Duluth Street. Through traffic will be maintained. The cross roads will remain open until the crews need to work in them. Residential access will be maintained.


Today on June 4, the crews will begin replacing the natural gas main and removing the existing one. Beginning June 5, the crews will have flaggers to assist construction and traffic.

5/29/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have closed 23rd Avenue N. west of Winnetka Avenue N. This closure is anticipated to remain in place for a couple of weeks. Two-way traffic is being maintained northbound and southbound on Winnetka Avenue N. at this intersection. The crews are continuing to replace the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue N. with a lane shift. They are also continuing to locate existing underground utilities with utility flags in areas where they will soon be working.

5/28/2020

Crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing a lane shift on Winnetka Avenue N. and Medicine Lake Road for approximately two weeks.


Beginning on June 1 and lasting for approximately one week, the crews will put up a lane shift on 10th Avenue N. and Rhode Island Avenue. This closure will allow for the natural gas work and for restoration.


Beginning on June 1 and lasting for approximately two weeks, the crews will put up a lane shift on Plymouth Avenue west of Winnetka Avenue. This closure will allow for the natural gas work and for restoration.


Beginning on June 1, the crews will put a lane shift on Winnetka Avenue from 10th Avenue N. to Duluth Street. Through traffic will be maintained with a lane shift. Delays will occur. Cross roads will remain open until the crews need to excavate in them. Residential access will be maintained. Sections of the road will be reopened at a time.

5/27/2020

Crews from Minnesota Limited, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will begin Phase 3 of the Winnetka Avenue 2020 Belt Line Project in the week of June 1. They will begin replacing the second of two natural gas mains at 10th Avenue N., working north to Duluth Avenue N. In this stretch, they will work here for a few months before moving further north. During this time, the crews will maintain two-way traffic with a lane shift and sidewalk closure where active construction is occurring.

5/22/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, have replaced the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue’s project route north of 36th Avenue NE and on 36th Avenue NE. The traffic control devices are removed except for a lane closure just north of 36th Avenue NE.


In the week of May 25 after Memorial Day, the crews will continue to replace the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue toward 32nd Avenue NE. There will be a lane shift on Winnetka Avenue in this area. There will be no left turns out of 35th Avenue NE, and the crews will close Win Park Drive.


Also in the week of May 25 after Memorial Day, the crews will begin connecting the natural gas service lines to the new main, following the main crew’s route.

5/21/2020

Phase 2: Winnetka Ave. between 23rd and 42nd Avenues N.: This phase is scheduled to begin in the week of May 26 after Memorial Day and last for several weeks. The crews will connect natural gas service lines to the new mains.

5/15/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to replace the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 40th to 37th Avenues N. Currently the crews have shifted two-way traffic into the northbound lanes.


In the week of May 18, the crews will continue working in this area until they’ve connected the new main to the existing intersecting ones. Then they’ll continue moving south to 35th Avenue N. and Winpark Drive with their main replacement. Two-way traffic will be maintained while the crews work in the middle lanes.

5/8/2020

Until approximately May 12, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to replace the natural gas main at the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and 36th Avenue N. Although four-way traffic will be maintained during construction, drivers should be aware that the intersection configuration will change and should take precautions when in the area. By May 12, crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, plan to restore the intersection.


In the week of May 11, the crews will connect the new natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue at the intersections of 40th Avenue, Quebec Avenue, 38 1/2 Avenue, and 37th Avenue. Drivers should anticipate multiple lane shifts, which are possible to change daily as the crew works on different intersections. Traffic will be reduced to a one-lane, two-way configuration, at the same time being shifted to the opposite side of the work area.

5/1/2020

This week and into the week of May 4, crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to replace the natural gas main at the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and 36th Avenue N. Although four-way traffic will be maintained during construction, drivers should be aware that the intersection configuration will change and should take precautions when in the area. In the week of May 4, the crews will add more traffic limitations to the intersection, continuing to maintain four-way traffic. Some turning lanes will be limited during this time.

4/24/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 42nd to 36th Avenues N. Currently the crews have a lane shift on Winnetka Avenue from 38th ½ Avenue N. to Win Park Drive.


Next week the crew is planning on crossing the intersection of Winnetka Avenue and 36th Avenue N. to replace the natural gas main. Although four-way traffic will be maintained during construction, drivers should be aware that the intersection configuration will change and to take precautions when in the area.

4/17/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are replacing natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue from 42nd to 37th Avenues N. In the week of April 20, the crews will remove the traffic control devices from 42nd to 40th Avenues N. and set up the devices from 40th to a couple hundred feet south of 36th Avenue N. While the crews work on these blocks, two-way traffic will be maintained with lane shifts.

4/9/2020

Crews from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, are continuing to replace natural gas main on Winnetka Avenue. Currently the crews are between 38th ½ Avenue and 40th Avenue and will continue to work here into the week of April 13. Two-way traffic is being maintained with a lane shift in this area. The crews are working south toward Medicine Lake Road.