PORTLAND, Maine — A landmark in Maine where thousands of people have pledged their everlasting love to another with padlocks has been deemed a public safety risk and will be removed.
The Portland Press Herald reports the city’s 30-foot-long Love Locks fence will be removed in the next two weeks but a portion will be displayed in a nearby parking lot.
People attach padlocks to the fence, viewed as a symbol of love like one removed in Paris. The city-owned fence is near Portland Harbor and has been sagging under the weight of hundreds of locks.
City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says a portion of the chain link fence came loose from its frame about two weeks ago.
The replacement fence won’t allow locks to be attached to it.