Galin Barisov slices through steel supporting a concrete facia panel as Ryan Smyth helps stabilize the scissor lift platform under the Bastion Street bridge Wednesday morning. Workers from Island West Coast Developments are removing the cosmetic panels, which weigh nearly 600 kilograms each, to lighten the load on the bridge and reduce the potential risk of falling debris in the event of a severe earthquake.

Galin Barisov slices through steel supporting a concrete facia panel as Ryan Smyth helps stabilize the scissor lift platform under the Bastion Street bridge Wednesday morning. Workers from Island West Coast Developments are removing the cosmetic panels, which weigh nearly 600 kilograms each, to lighten the load on the bridge and reduce the potential risk of falling debris in the event of a severe earthquake.

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Bridge in downtown Nanaimo undergoing modifications to make it earthquake safe.

A bridge in downtown Nanaimo is undergoing modifications to make it earthquake safe.

Workers from Island West Coast Developments removed cosmetic panels under the Bastion Street bridge Wednesday morning. Removing the panels, which weigh nearly 600 kilograms each, lightens the load on the bridge and reduces the potential risk of falling debris in the event of a severe earthquake.

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