Will This South Carolina Dam Become the New Paris Love Locks Bridge?

The number of locks shackled to the dam's fence grows daily.

ByABC News
June 30, 2014, 5:16 PM

— -- The Pont des Arts footbridge, a famous tourist spot in Paris, was on lock lovedown earlier this month when the bridge partially collapsed due to the heavy weight of hundreds of thousands of padlocks.

The quintessential romantic tradition has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean from Paris to South Carolina. Lake Murray Dam, a 1.7-mile walking pathway in South Carolina, has seen more and more love locks being placed on its fence by couples recently.

In Paris, the heavy weight of love was a result of thousands of tourists buying locks from vendors, writing messages with markers on them, and clipping the locks on the bridge. As a tradition, the keys are thrown into the river after the locks are placed onto the bridge. The city of Paris removed buckets of padlocks after the incident happened.

Department of Transportation officials in South Carolina told ABC News that the locks do not pose a maintenance issue or a safety concern at this time, and so they have no intention to remove them.