Colorado Springs

Federal money for Manitou Incline not in jeopardy

Officials correct earlier news report

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - A previous report that the Manitou Incline is not getting federal funds for repair work this year is incorrect, an official said Tuesday.

Karen Palus, director of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, said the city, which manages the popular trail, is going through its normal process and eventually should receive $2 million as reimbursement once repairs are finished and inspected.

"We have to put the project out to bid and then choose a contractor before we get the money," she said.

Palus said repair work on the upper third of the trail should begin after the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon weekend, Aug. 19-20, and be completed in December.

"Weather permitting," she added.  "The Incline will be closed during construction, so people should plan accordingly."

Workers have repaired the middle and lower Incline sections during the past several years, restoring areas affected by erosion, flooding and heavy use.

Timberline, a local landscaping company, was the contractor for the earlier work, but Palus said guidelines don't allow the number of bids, or the names of the bidders, to be released until a contractor is selected.

The Incline, a steep and challenging trail, draws an average of 300,000 visitors annually.

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