Quantcast

Locks on bridge cause concern - KOAM TV 7

Locks on bridge cause concern

Updated:
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

An Oronogo woman celebrated her boyfriend's birthday by purchasing a lock with their initials written on it and locking it on to the chain link fence on the new 20th Street overpass bridge.

Tuesday, 20-year-old Josie Richardson and her father went to take the lock down after concerns by the city that the locks are a hazard.

"It just kind of signifies the love you have together, you place your lock on there together as a couple, then you throw your key over so the love doesn't ever get broken," Richardson said.

It's a trend in Paris at the "love lock bridge" where lovers bring locks and toss the key over the bridge. Around six locks appeared on the 20th Street overpass bridge. The city asked the locks to be taken down.

"One, it's basically right-of-way property and it's considered abandoned property once it's there. Because we don't know who it belongs to, and we can't allow it to stay there either. We can't allow it to stay there because of the structural impact on the bridge itself," Nick Heatherly, director of public works said.

Richardson acknowledges the city's concerns, but wants to be heard. She asked to be put on the city council agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

"I can understand them not wanting people to throw the keys over as it has the railroad underneath it so that would cause a safety hazard for them driving on the railroad. This is gonna be something that brings us all together," Richardson said.

Heatherly said any added material to structures like bridges can cause hazards, even resurfacing materials like asphalt.

"Would one or two locks have a big impact on that? No. But we can't allow it to grow and enlarge in weight because the bridge and its elements that they're attaching to are just not made to withstand that kind of load," Heatherly said.

For now, Richardson has some alternative ideas for locations for a love lock bridge of sorts. She will present them Tuesday evening.

  • NewsMore>>

  • 4 State Lotto Fever

    4 State Lotto Fever

    Friday, October 19 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-10-20 00:03:00 GMT

    Typically, morning visitor's to Pete's in Carl Junction are there for coffee, but Friday was a bit different, all because of a billion dollar jackpot.

    More >>

    Typically, morning visitor's to Pete's in Carl Junction are there for coffee, but Friday was a bit different, all because of a billion dollar jackpot.

    More >>
  • Joplin Man Sentenced for Arson, Set Apartment Fire

    Joplin Man Sentenced for Arson, Set Apartment Fire

    Friday, October 19 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-10-19 21:34:02 GMT
    Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018
    Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018
    Brian Barksdale is sentenced for first degree arson for setting fire to his Joplin apartment on South St. Louis. On May 23rd, 2018, Joplin emergency crews responded to the Cardinal Apartments at 1015 South St. Louis for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and found a two-story wood frame multi-residential structure with heavy fire coming from an apartment on the first floor. Crews extinguished the fire by 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived on ...More >>
    Brian Barksdale is sentenced for first degree arson for setting fire to his Joplin apartment on South St. Louis. On May 23rd, 2018, Joplin emergency crews responded to the Cardinal Apartments at 1015 South St. Louis for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and found a two-story wood frame multi-residential structure with heavy fire coming from an apartment on the first floor. Crews extinguished the fire by 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived on ...More >>
  • Former Southeast Kansas Principal Convicted of Sex Offense

    Former Southeast Kansas Principal Convicted of Sex Offense

    Friday, October 19 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-10-19 16:20:10 GMT
    Ray Alfred GoldenRay Alfred Golden
    Ray Alfred GoldenRay Alfred Golden
    A former Columbus elementary principal is found guilty of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Baxter Springs resident Ray Alfred Golden is accused of trying to persuade a child to enter his home with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon the child in the home. The alleged incident happened in August 2015. On October 18th, 2018, Golden entered a plea of guilty in lieu of proceeding to trial. Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says the 81-year-old maintained ...More >>
    A former Columbus elementary principal is found guilty of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Baxter Springs resident Ray Alfred Golden is accused of trying to persuade a child to enter his home with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon the child in the home. The alleged incident happened in August 2015. On October 18th, 2018, Golden entered a plea of guilty in lieu of proceeding to trial. Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says the 81-year-old maintained ...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.