It’s Official

The town now has a Main Street
…the signs are up!

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.

2017 Community Crossings work is nearly completed

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.

Brown Road From New Years Day
Walnut Dr. from Hevron. Rd.

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.

New Traffic Pattern at Kaspar and IN162

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.

Melchoir Drive South To Be Closed

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.

Thank you,

 

Chris Glenn

Gov. Holcomb Presents Check to Santa Claus

Town of Santa Claus receives it’s share of Community Crossings Grant From INDOT!

At a late afternoon meeting in Jasper, a room full of officials from Southern Indiana met to learn the results of the Community Crossings grant applications made earlier this year.

The Town of Santa Claus submitted five grant requests and all were approved by INDOT!

Work will  be accomplished in the next construction season. Most will be in the Holiday Village Subdivision.

This money represents 75% of the cost of those improvements and the town will pay the balance from local funds.

This grant brings the total received from the state from this program to nearly $250,000 over the past two years.

List of grants.