A 500-foot crane is removing debris around the cathedral's towers. Engineers said scaffolding will be built around the cathedral's damaged spires as soon as the broken stone is cleared away.
The Aug. 23 earthquake damaged the cathedral's limestone exterior towers and some interior areas. Safety nets have been installed beneath the ceiling to guard against falling debris, engineers told WRC-TV.
A New York City crew that placed scaffolding around the Statue of Liberty during recent renovations is working on the cathedral repairs. The repair project could take months or years to complete.