Paris ‘locks of love’ bridge partially collapses

Monday, June 09, 2014

The collapse is due to the weight of the growing number of locks that had been attached. Police said it will reopen on Monday

The collapse is due to the weight of the growing number of locks that had been attached. Police said it will reopen on Monday

PARIS -  Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris - known worldwide as ‘locks of love’ bridge has partially collapsed on Sunday.

The collapse is due to the increased weight of locks which are tied to the footbridge in an increasingly popular craze where lovers, as a symbolic gesture of their love, tie locks to the footbridge and throw away the key. Police said it will be reopened for public on Monday.

The 150-metre length pedestrian bridge crossing the River Seine, was instantly evacuated after 2.4 meters of its railing collapsed.

 Built in 1804, Pont des Arts which links the Musee du Louvre with the Institut de France, is a destination for thousands of lovers from across the world. 

The custom of tying the lock has spread to other bridges around the French capital, also known as the City of Lights.

Last September, the mayor of the 6th arrondisement (district), which has jurisdiction for this bridge, warned that the increasing number of locks could cause safety issues for people in boats and barges passing underneath the bridge.

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