Will Corktown Bridge Lose Its Locks?

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Ain’t love grand … and rather heavy on bridges. So much so that Paris has banned them. The Corktown Bridge over the Rideau Canal has its share of locks.


Will Ottawa’s Corktown Bridge be next?

It’s weighed down with love locks just like its Parisian brethren.

Paris is taking action. It’s banning putting locks on the railings of bridges.

This from the Atlantic’s CityLab:

Starting this week, Paris will begin removing the “cadenas d’amour.” Almost a million padlocks, weighing up to a staggering 45 tons, will be taken away.

 The bridge will then close this summer and in October, glass panels will be permanently installed. The same will also be done on the smaller Pont de l’Archeveché, near the Notre Dame cathedral, which is also groaning under the weight of a thousand clichés.

The reason primarily cited by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is safety—last year, a part of the railing at the Pont des Arts collapsed under the weight of the locks. The damage done to this bridge—which has been around since Napoleon and was rebuilt in the early 1980s—and others in Paris had prompted locals to set up campaigns like No Love Locks. Hidalgo has compared the locks to a “plague.”

To read the full CityLab story, click here.


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