SAN FRANCISCO — Demolition of a commemorative walkway has started at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, angering some who thought the bricks they bought and inscribed with the names of loved ones would be permanent.

Workers began tearing up the path of 7,500 bricks Wednesday morning as part of a visitor center renovation. Bridge officials said the demolition was necessary because the steepness of the walkway did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) individuals paid between $32 and $75 for the custom bricks installed to celebrate the bridge's 50th anniversary in 1987.

The new visitor center is slated to include an outdoor panel engraved with all 7,500 inscriptions from the bricks.

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