Madison's historic railroad incline is about to get an upgrade.

In October, the Indiana Department of Transportation will open the bidding process for companies to rehabilitate the railroad.

The job will include excavation, filling in a natural dip that has occurred from soil erosion and restoration of the drainage system, according to Cathy Hale with Madison Railroad.

"Right now the track is in very poor condition," Hale said. "If it isn't preserved soon, the incline could be lost forever.

Hale hopes to make the incline safe as a walking path so that - eventually - the city could begin to offer tours explaining the history of the incline.

Hale said the incline is presently posted with a no trespassing sign because it is unsafe in its current condition.

The renovations are expected to be completed by the first half of 2014. (Submitted photo)