NEW YORK (PIX11) — In a city that feeds on romance like Paris, the custom of “love locks” are welcomed and celebrated.
It’s the trend where couples lock padlocks onto a bridge to proclaim their undying love for each other, later tossing the key into the river.
However, in New York City, officials say you could go ahead and be romantic — by all means — but keep your locks at home and off our bridges.
The love lock trend surfaced on New York City bridges in 2010, where lovebirds flocked to spans like the Brooklyn Bridge, leaving – and locking – their symbols of love by the hundreds.
Officials with the Department of Transportation tell PIX11 News, over the years the number of locks left on bridges has dramatically increased, raising the expenses required to remove them.
The removal process diverts crews that would otherwise be assigned to other maintenance operations.
The locks in some cases pose a safety risk for workers and motorists on the lower deck, weighing down and damaging guard rails and falling on passing cars.
In wake of incidents, the DOT is taking action, periodically removing these locks.
Officials are urging visitors – find other ways to say I love you.