‘Love locks’ on Tumski Bridge will once again be removed in order to carry out renovation work.
The iconic bridge, like many across Europe nowadays, is adorned with thousands of padlocks engraved or painted with the names of the couples who put them there.
According to Gazeta Wroclawska, The first padlock was placed on Tumski bridge in 2009. Since then thousands more have been clung to the bridge, making the crossover a tourist attraction in the process.
In 2016 over a thousand of those padlocks were nonetheless removed. The maintenance work, which cost 6,200zl, was carried out in order to remove any padlocks that could dangerously fall onto a pedestrian’s head due to being hung up at a height.
Back in 2013 even more locks were cut off the bridge during an operation to prevent it from falling victim to severe rusting.
The city have now made it clear that Tumski Bridge must be completely rid of its padlocks in order for it to be repaired and restored properly. The bridge hasn’t undergone any major renovation since WW2, and the last time it was repainted was over 20 years ago.
Couples who wish to get their padlock before it is cut off are being advised to take them off themselves. That will nonetheless prove difficult as most people will have thrown the key away.
The good news for anyone hoping to see their padlock again is that it will be possible to pick it up at the HQ of Wrocław’s Road Management and Maintenance board.
At the moment is difficult to say if padlocks will be allowed on the bridge once the restoration work is complete. It is thought that people will have the green light to restart the padlock tradition. However Tumski Bridge is protected and stricter rules could be enacted in order to maintain the health of the structure.
The bridge repairs will be carried out between April and November of this year.