USS Arizona memorial is closed for an indefinite period of time
The monument was shut down after the cracks formed, indicating the structure was not properly supported.
HONOLULU – the Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, was worse than expected and it will remain closed for an indefinite period of time, the officials said.
Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the owners saw a tear on the outside of the monument, Hawaii News Now reported .
Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the tears came hours later, which indicates a serious problem.
“There’s an eyebrow or an edge where the visitor slope meets the memorial, and at that point, there are a number of cracks located on the outside,” said Jay Blount, a spokesman for the world War ii valor in the Pacific National Monument. “After further investigation on the interior, it was determined that the structure is not the support of the tail lift on the way that we need.”
This Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Technicians work to figure out the possible long-term solutions.
“The amount of time required for the execution of the repairs is unknown, but the (National Park Service) will continue to provide information to the public as our team of specialists works together to restore access as quickly as possible,” the memorial staff said Friday in a press release.
Other areas of the Pearl Harbor visitor center will remain open.