The governing board of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is expected to remain closed until April 1 due to damage from recent heavy rains, approved more than $350,000 in repair costs Wednesday, along with $300,000 to continue paying tram workers during the closure.

The tram was closed down during the Feb. 14 rain that saturated the area and washed out some streets, including Tramway Road, the main route to the aerial attraction.

The roadway is expected to be repaired by the end of the week, but Tramway officials determined last month that the rain also caused damage to the attraction’s main power line, along with the Valley Station water tank and Mountain Station roof, according to Cara Youngman, the vice president of marketing & Public Affairs for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

Due to the power line damage, the fire-suppression systems are out of service at both the Mountain and Valley stations, Youngman said. The intake valve to the Valley Station water tank is blocked, limiting the availability of potable water.

The Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority on Wednesday approved $351,071 to fund the identified repairs, while also setting aside up to $500,000 for other potential repairs, engineering and inspections, at the discretion of the general manager.

The authority also approved $300,000 to continue paying the Tramway’s roughly 70 employees through April 1. About half of the employees are unable to work due to the closure, but roughly half are on duty with closure-related duties, according to the authority.

Although the Tramway is expected to reopen April 1, Youngman said the authority hopes “the work can be completed sooner, thus permitting an earlier reopening.”

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