The Bastion Street bridge in Nanaimo will be closed for the next six weeks in order to allow for seismic upgrade work. (CHRIS BUSH/News Bulletin)

Bastion Street bridge closed for construction work

Span connecting downtown to Old City Quarter closed to vehicle traffic for six weeks

Shoppers, transit users and others in Nanaimo will want to take note that Bastion Street bridge is closed for the next six weeks for upgrades, starting today, May 21.

The City of Nanaimo put out a press release last week reminding people about the previously announced construction project, consisting of “bridge renewal and seismic retrofit.” The project goes beyond structural work, according to the city website, as wayfinding signs will be installed, and the lower street level of the the bridge will be “enhanced” with coloured, lit panels between the bridge piers.

The Prideaux bus loop was temporarily moved to Front Street last month in anticipation of the Bastion Street bridge construction work.

“Detours will be in place for vehicles travelling in the downtown area. We ask that drivers slow down, obey all signage and watch out for workers and flagpersons,” said Marcus van Zyl, construction project manager, in a press release.

Pedestrians will still be allowed to cross the bridge.

Old City Quarter shops are open and the neighbourhood’s Facebook page suggests visitors can get there via Wallace Street or Fitzwilliam Street.

The Bastion Bridge was originally constructed in 1936 and there was a complete retrofit of the bridge in 1978, notes the city press release.

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