May 28, 2014 6:49 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Manitou Incline Trail Closing for Construction

The City of Colorado Springs announced Wednesday that construction and repairs are slated to close the Manitou Incline in August.

They anticipate the work will take about four months, and the trail will be back open to hikers near November.

According to Project Manager, Sarah Bryarly, construction will improve safety, user experience, sustainability and accessibility. They plan to replace retaining walls, add drainage, and stabilize the ties.

The project is expected to cost over $1.5 million. It'll be funded by eight different partner organizations.

While hikers who frequent the trail are disappointed it will be inaccessible for a few months, they know its necessary to keep the trail safe for years to come.

"People are extremely passionate about it," says Ryan Johnson. "I know people who can't get their day started unless they come do the incline everyday. So I think not having the incline for a little while is pretty scary to people."

Anyone who trespasses on the incline during construction will be issued a $100 citation. The city is working with engineers and architects to preserve the character of the popular incline.

There are plenty of other difficult trails to use while the incline is under construction.
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