Gas line project impacts three suburbs
Residents in Brooklyn Park, Crystal and New Hope will need extra patience in the coming months. Several neighborhoods are dealing with CenterPoint Energy construction as a massive natural gas line project continues.

The project started in Brooklyn Park in April and will continue through the middle of October ending in New Hope. The total span of the project is 1 1/2 miles. CenterPoint Energy is replacing natural gas pipelines along Winnetka Avenue.

"This is a large project from a scope standpoint," said Tod Norgren of CenterPoint Energy. "The focus is improving the safety and reliability of that pipeline."

CenterPoint Energy works closely with homeowners who are affected by the dig, hoping to minimize their inconvenience.

"It doesn't impact the service to our customers during the time we're working on it," Norgren said. "We're able to keep gas flowing to our customer's homes for cooking, water heating that type of thing at this time of the year."

Norgren added, "We'll arrange for them to either park out of their driveway or move out of their driveway before we trap them in there with a trench."

The construction is part of an ongoing multi-year project by CenterPoint Energy to upgrade gas lines throughout the Twin Cities metro area .

During construction, Winnetka Avenue will be open only to local residents. Others will be rerouted along West Broadway or Boone Avenue. People impacted by the construction can get weekly e-mail or text updates by going to www.centerpointenergy.com/construction.

Eric Nelson, reporting



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