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Wabasha Street Natural Gas Project

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Construction Progress Update

Natural gas line has been installed along Wabasha Street, between 7th and Exchange streets and between 6th and 7th streets. We’re restoring previous work areas. We’re also working in the intersection of Wabasha Street and 7th Street. Work in this area is happening over the coming weeks. While working, traffic lanes and on-street parking will be restricted.

As we work, you may smell the odorant added to natural gas outside near work areas when we conduct routine testing procedures. The odorant produces a sulfur-like smell, although it could smell differently to you. If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your location immediately. Once safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

 

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Wabasha Street Natural Gas Project

We’re working in your community to continue to provide safe, reliable service and to enhance system resiliency during extreme weather. We’re replacing natural gas line along Wabasha Street, between 4th and Exchange streets, and along 4th Street West, between St. Peter and Cedar streets in downtown St. Paul. Work began in April, 2022, and will continue into June 2022.

Our work is required to take place before the City of Saint Paul's Wabasha Street Reconstruction Project set to start this summer.

For some customers, natural gas service interruptions will occur. We will communicate with you directly if you'll be impacted.

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Project area is along Washington Street between 76th Ave and 105th Pl/Washington Way.

What to Expect

We’re replacing a natural gas line. Our goal is to limit inconveniences to you during construction. As work occurs, you may notice:

  • Utility line marking and survey holes.
  • Equipment, crews, and materials.
  • Road and sidewalk closures.
  • Access changes.
  • Construction noise.

Construction Process

  • Setting up traffic control around work areas.
  • Digging trenches or setting up bore rigs.
  • Storing natural gas line in the work area.
  • Welding the natural gas line. Welding happens in a safe manner and when weather allows.
  • Installing the natural gas line.
  • Covering and temporarily restoring the area.

Work can require short-term road, sidewalk and parking restrictions and changes to access. We’ll communicate with you about access changes.

During our work over the coming weeks, you may smell the odorant added to odorless natural gas outside near work areas. The odorant produces a sulfur-like smell, although it could smell differently to you. If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your location immediately. Once safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

After installing the natural gas line, we temporarily restore the work area. Final restoration occurs after the City’s project.

Our Contractors

PSC Q3 Contracting is our construction contractor. Additional contractors will work on the project.

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Work occurs in multiple steps:

  • Setting up traffic control around work areas.
  • Digging trenches or setting up bore rigs.
  • Storing natural gas line in the work area.
  • Welding the natural gas line. Welding happens in a safe manner and when weather allows.
  • Installing the natural gas line.
  • Covering and temporarily restoring the area.

Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. The safety of the public around our natural gas system influences every decision we make. We take a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during and after construction.

Xcel Energy staff monitor natural gas lines and facility operations 24/7 from Xcel Energy’s gas operations center. We also conduct internal inspections of our natural gas lines using in-line inspection technology.

If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your location immediately. Once safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

We’re committed to keeping you informed by:

  • Sharing regular updates via website, email and hotline.
  • Responding to questions as quickly as possible.

Work areas change regularly. Follow these tips for your safety and the safety of our crews:

  • Watch for crews and equipment.
  • Stay outside and away from work areas.
  • Follow directions on signs and from crews.
  • Reduce your speeds.
  • Stay alert! Traffic control changes regularly.
  • Avoid using your cell phone.

The project has been designed to continue to meet federal and state standards and safety requirements for installing, maintaining and operating natural gas infrastructure.

Natural gas is safe, and we are committed to customer safety. We follow natural gas line safety regulations, and our trained and qualified gas operations workforce regularly patrols and monitors our systems.

A common cause of natural gas incidents results from improper or unauthorized digging near underground utilities. Prior to digging, call 811 or visit gopherstateonecall.org to have buried utility lines located and marked.

It’s important to know how to recognize potentially dangerous natural gas leaks, so use your sense. Signs of a leak include:

  • “Rotten egg” or sulfur-like odor. It may smell differently to you, though.
  • Hissing, whistling or roaring noise outside near the natural gas line or inside near appliances.
  • Dirt spraying into the air or continuous bubbling in a creek or pond.
  • Unexplained dead or dying vegetation.

If you have questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Complete the comment form below, email Wabasha@XcelEnergyNGProjects.com or call 651-603-4690.

Our Commitment to Safety

Public safety is at the foundation of all we do. We take a proactive approach to public safety by implementing safety measures before, during and after construction.

View Our Safety Resources

If you ever suspect a natural gas leak, leave your location immediately. Once safely away, call 911, then Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.

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