The city has a message for lovebirds — stop leaving padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Department of Transportation will soon be posting signs warning visitors not to fasten “love locks” — meant to symbolize a couple’s unbreakable love — anywhere on the 5,989-foot span.
“Unfortunately, each year we’re seeing more of these locks,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told The Post before announcing the new signs Friday. “It costs the city real money in terms of sending our personnel out there to remove them. It’s a lot of extra work.”
Sixteen signs — some humorous — will be hung on the bridge’s lampposts and along its pedestrian path. The signs cite the city’s administrative code and warn visitors of a $100 fine with an image of a red crossed-out padlock.
The padlocks cause damage to the span and pose safety hazards to motorists driving below, transportation officials said.
Most recently, on Sept. 8, a wire attached to an overhead light on the bridge snapped under the weight of dozens of locks clipped to it, shutting down a lane for two hours while repairs were made.
Officials said that love locks, which are found on landmarks across the world, first began appearing on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2009 and that since 2013, when the DOT started keeping count, more than 34,200 locks adorned with names and anniversaries have been removed from it.
The removal effort costs the city more than $100,000 annually.