Manitou Incline to close in August for repairs

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. —  The Manitou Incline will soon be off limits to the public for almost four months.

The Incline will be closed for repairs from August 22 through December 2, the city announced Thursday.

Phase 1 of the repair project was completed during a three-month closure in 2014. During the Phase 2 closure, drainage structures are being added to reduce erosion. Rebar and loose debris will be cleaned up and surrounding slopes and railroad ties are getting stabilized.

Every year, about 300,000 people visit the Manitou Incline, so shutting it down for a few months is a big impact, but officials say it has to be done.

“A lot of effort has been put into this to mitigate some of those issues certainly for our residents, and of course by mitigating that for our residents it’s just going to be better for the tourists as well,” Nicole Nicoletta, mayor of Manitou Springs, said.

The project is going to cost $1 million. Funding is coming from a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant along with Trails, Open Space and Parks money.

Just like last time, a security guard will be there to make sure no one tries to go around the construction.

“Abiding by the rules is going to make it a better experience, a more enjoyable experience, and of course come this fall when we get the second phase of reconstruction done it’s going to be even better for everybody to enjoy,” said Kurt Schroeder, Park Operations and Development Manager for the city of Colorado Springs.

As far as rules and regulations, nothing is changing, but there will be a lot more enforcement.

“Police officers will occasionally be patrolling the Incline and if necessary we’ll be issuing citations to appear in Manitou Springs Municipal Court,” Manitou Springs police chief Joe Ribeiro said.

Also, it might be a good idea to leave Fido at home because they’re really starting to crack down on pets.

“You’ve got a lot of people compressed into a fairly small area and through consensus of the group it was decided that dogs were potentially a hazard to other people on the Incline,” said Schroeder.

The city of Colorado Springs is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of the Manitou Incline. The two cities are partnering together to begin enforcing the rules.

The rules are:

  • Hours of Operation are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 1 – October 31, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 1 – March 31.
  • Littering is prohibited.
  • Open fires and open burning are prohibited at all times.
  • Unreasonable noise is prohibited; noise levels will be determined per the Manitou Springs Noise Ordinance.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Incline.
  • Trespass during partial or full closures as posted at the trailhead(s) is prohibited.
  • Creation of rogue trails is prohibited.
  • Tampering with construction (such as vandalism, harassment, trespass, etc.) is prohibited.


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