Although it’s been open for some time, the new signs have been installed.
Main Street is located just south of the Community Center and Fire Station, it connects IN162 to IN 245 and is a three lane road with an extension of the hiking and biking trails just waiting for development.
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.
This morning, INDOT crews are creating a right turn lane from eastbound IN162 into the Kaspar Gate. This comes after the Town Council made the request to INDOT to reduce traffic conflicts at this intersection. The step takes out the confusion at this intersection and should lead to safer travel into the town of Santa Claus and Christmas Lake Village.
Town Street Department crews were out working on the entrance to Kaspar Drive gate from IN 162 to make it safer for bikers and walkers after the Town Council determined that the striping needed to be redone and bollards added. Apologies for any inconvenience, looking pretty good!
The Town of Santa Claus (Santa Claus Utilities) will be closing a portion of Melchoir Drive South, a little after 8AM on Tuesday May 8, 2018. We will be repairing/replacing a water valve in the roadway. We are planning for Tuesday all day and into Wednesday but may be longer.
Closure will be shortly after the following roads, between Carol Drive W and Carol Drive E. We will have detour signs up at Carol Drive W and Carol Drive E. We have enclosed a map (See below) showing the complete area. If you have any questions please contact Chris Glenn at 812-544-3329.
The Town of Santa Claus will be adding new stop signs at the intersection of L.J. Koch and Ashburn. Previously, only drivers westbound on Ashburn were required to stop. With the addition of- 1 northbound, and 1 southbound stop on LJ Koch, drivers will now be required to stop on LJ Koch as well.