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Manitou Incline reopening in December

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MANITOU SPRINGS -

After several months of being closed off to the hiking public, the infamous Manitou Incline is scheduled to reopen on the first of December. 

The reopening, which is dependent on weather, has been confirmed by El Paso County Monday.

This current closure, which began in August, has been the third phase of a three part, $2 million renovation project intended to make the trail safer.

"I definitely think we need it," Slavic Nesenchuk, a Boulder resident said.

"There's a lot of maintenance that needs to be done," John Nelson, a Pikes Peak Marathon runner said.

For the past three months workers have been hard at work in replacing damaged retaining walls, adding and replacing drains, stabilizing parts of the slope around the trail, anchoring railroad ties, and cleaning up debris. 

While many hikers were saddened by the closure, others say it couldn't have come at a better time. 

"Yeah, it's peak of season for people coming up here but you need to keep the worker in mind, it needs to be a safe environment for them and during the winter, it's so much more difficult for them to get up there and do these things so I think people need to be understanding of it," Levi Kincaid, a Colorado Springs native said.

The 'Incline Friends' will be hosting an opening ceremony at the bottom of the incline on December 1st at 8:00 a.m. 

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