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DOT Wants Tourists to Stop Locking Padlocks to Brooklyn Bridge

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The Department of Transportation is asking tourists visiting the Brooklyn Bridge to find another way of locking their love.

For many tourists, locking a padlock to the bridge is a symbol of eternal devotion or good luck in their relationship, but the Department of Transportation says removing them is becoming costly.

The DOT said they removed over 5,600 locks since last July.

A DOT spokesperson said the weight of the locks impacts the sturdiness of the railing.

Furthermore. the DOT said it often has to to close traffic lanes before they can remove the locks.

The custom of placing locks on railings began in Italy decades ago but became a fixture on the Brooklyn Bridge only recently.

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