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People pack the Incline before it closes for repairs

Manitou Incline closing

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - It's already tough to make it to the top of the Incline in Manitou Springs, but today (08/17/14) it's was even harder. People are getting in one last climb before the popular hiking spot shuts down at six tomorrow morning.

Repairs will be made to the Incline over the next four months.

Work on the incline will include repair and replacement of damaged retaining walls, cleanup of rebar and loose debris, construction of additional drainage structures, stabilization of existing ties and stabilization of surrounding slopes.

The closing of the Incline is getting mixed reactions from people.

Michael Berry said he is sad the Incline is closing, but the repairs have to be made.

"I met a gal who had a rebar go through her calf with an entry and exit wound, she showed me," he said.

Seth Elijah lives by the Incline. He said with the popular hiking spot shut down, his life will be simpler on the weekends.

"Getting out of my driveway in the morning it's going to be easier on the weekends," he said.

As for book store owner Miguel Bustamante, the Incline closing will make it  difficult to draw more customers to come to his store.

"You have to get out and advertise and get people to come here," he said.

If you're caught at the Incline after it closes, you could be fined up to $100.

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