Work is wrapping up on the 2017 Community Crossings Grant projects.
Thanks to the grant, the town leveraged it’s meager road budget to resurface 4 sections of roads in Santa Claus and will be re-striping another one soon.
One might wonder how roadwork is selected.
Each year, the town assesses road conditions on a scale of 1-10 on the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) scale on the nearly 17.5 miles of town roadways. This, of course, does not include Christmas Lake Village roads,
nor does it include the state highways of 162 and 245. These ratings determine the length of useful life for each road.
Combining the rating with the available dollars, the roads are prioritized for repair, replacement or re-surfacing. Then, based on the available dollars in the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund, repairs are scheduled.
With the help of Community Crossings grants from INDOT over the past two year, the town received nearly $240,000 and re-surfaced 17.8% of town roads at a cost to the town of less than $89,000.