Love locks removed during recovery

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On Wednesday, Crews began removing thousands of love locks from the Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge in a multimillion-dollar bridge restoration project. Click on the video player above to see the work being done on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Allegheny County Public Works has been encouraging people to remove the locks before the project begins, but the rest will be donated to Hazelwood’s Industrial Art Studio. Tim Kaulen, founder of IAW, said the locks will be used for public art projects in New York. “I leave that to the ingenuity of our young people to decide what the outcome will be,” he said. This nonprofit teaches sculpture creation and artistic literacy, including the basics of sculpture, to students of all ages. Welding, design, engineering principles and safety standards. “This structure has a story — every lock has a story,” said Stephen Shanley, director of the Allegheny County Department of Public Works. Removing the lock is a tedious job. Shanley said the lock on the north railing came down quickly. There are more locks on the opposite side, and the staff may have to remove that part of the railing completely and remove the locks in their shop. Going forward, the county is asking people not to place love locks on bridges in the area. These locks can damage the railings and add weight to the bridge, Shanley said. The Clement Bridge, the last of the “Three Sisters” bridges to cross the Allegheny River, underwent a major makeover. It closed on February 14 and is expected to reopen in late 2023.

On Wednesday, Crews began removing thousands of love locks from the Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge in a multimillion-dollar bridge restoration project.

Click on the video player above to see the work being done on the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Allegheny County Public Works has been encouraging people to remove the locks before the project begins, but the rest will be donated to Hazelwood’s Industrial Art Studio.

IAW founder Tim Kaulen said the locks will be used for future public art projects.

“I leave that to the ingenuity of our young people to decide what the outcome will be,” he said.

The nonprofit teaches sculpture creation and artistic literacy to students of all ages, including the fundamentals of welding, design, engineering principles, and safety standards.

“This structure has a story — every lock has a story,” said Stephen Shanley, director of the Allegheny County Department of Public Works.

Removing the lock is a tedious job. Shanley said the lock on the north railing came down quickly. There are more locks on the opposite side, and the staff may have to remove that part of the railing completely and remove the locks in their shop.

Going forward, the county is asking people not to place love locks on bridges in the area. These locks can damage the railings and add weight to the bridge, Shanley said.

The Clement Bridge, the last of the “Three Sisters” bridges to cross the Allegheny River, underwent a major makeover. It closed on February 14 and is expected to reopen in late 2023.

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