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Manitou Incline closed for repairs

Published On: May 27 2014 06:28:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 18 2014 09:45:45 AM CDT

The incline will close from August through November for needed repair work.


The Manitou Incline closed early Monday morning for needed repairs.

The Trail Enhancement Project is expected to last four months. It's intended to fix daily wear and tear and damage caused by the floods from last fall. The City of Colorado Springs says there is moderate damage to about 30% of the Incline and severe damage to about 20% of the popular hiking trail.

Crews will repair and replace damaged retaining walls, clean up rebar and loose debris, build new drainage structures and stabilize existing ties and surrounding slopes, according to the city of Colorado Springs.

The work will cost $1,586,486. It's being paid through money from FEMA, the Great Outdoors Colorado Grant, Colorado Springs Utilities, the State Trails Grant, the Colorado Springs CTF Program, Incline Friends, Colorado Springs TOPS Program and the Manitou Springs Barr Parking Lot Fund.

Hikers who are caught climbing the Incline during construction will face a $100 fine.

During construction, Barr Trail, Ute Indian Trail, The Intemann Trail and Red Mountain Trail will remain open. The COG Railway and free Manitou Springs shuttle will run normally.


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