PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Mon Incline is a quick and convenient way to travel between Station Square and Mt. Washington, but soon, people will have to find a different route.

“I use it typically twice a day and I’ll either take the bus or I’ll walk up and down Sycamore,” Don Kortlandt said.

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The Mon Incline will be out of commission starting on Sept. 8, for an improvement project.

The rails and safety cables will be replaced and the cars and stations will be refurbished.

Crews will be busy over the next 12 weeks updating the historic landmark that opened in 1870.

“I’m not looking forward to it, but I mean, if it has to be shut down for repairs, it has to be shut down for repairs,” Eric Jackson said.

During the closure, 40 bus routes will provide frequent service to and from that section of Mt. Washington. Shuttle service will also be available between the upper and lower stations during the regularly scheduled Incline hours.

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Even with that, there is concern that businesses, particularly in the Shiloh Street area, will take a hit.

Heather Nally, owner of the Micro Diner, said a lot of her customers take the Incline.

“I like to find out where people are from and we do have a lot of out-of-towners, tourists, that come on Shiloh Street to our businesses. So, I’m sure it’s going to affect it. However, I understand it needs done,” Nally said.

Nally said at least the closure won’t happen in the middle of the summer, during the height of tourist season.

“We’ll depend on our locals to come in for business until the Incline reopens again,” she said.

The renovation project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

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