New Santa Claus road to open this week

From Local Sources

SANTA CLAUS — After years of planning and months of construction, the Town of Santa Claus will open its newest road and trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. CDT Thursday at the north end of the road at Highway 245 and the town’s firehouse.

At a cost of $1.5 million, the road on the town’s west side connects Highway 162 to Highway 235. It provides an alternate traffic pattern for visitors and residents, better access to State Road 162 from the Santa Claus Volunteer Fire Department and an extension of the trail system in the town. It also offers economic development opportunity of over 30 acres of commercial/retail land.

The name of the new street — in July, a press release said it will be Philip J. Koch Drive — is expected to be approved at a Santa Claus Town Council meeting following the event.

The road project will be fully completed in December of this year, but the road will be open to the public after Thursday’s ceremony.

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