USS Arizona Memorial Closure

April 2019 Update:
The National Park Service awarded the contract to repair the anchoring system for the USS Arizona Memorial dock in March. The contractor, Silver Mountain Construction LLC, has provided all required information and been issued the Notice to Proceed.

The NPS has approved all requisite associated pre-construction plans. These plans have been forwarded to regulatory agencies where applicable, such as the State of Hawaii and the US Navy. Other pre-construction activities are ongoing.

The next major milestone is a pre-construction meeting with the NPS, US Navy, the contractor, and applicable subcontractors. On-the-ground construction is projected to begin in late May. Updates to follow.

Why is the USS Arizona Memorial closed?
Visitor access to the USS Arizona Memorial was suspended due to movement of the loading dock and corresponding movement of the loading ramp to the memorial, which poses a safety concern for our visitors. While repairs are made, the USS Arizona Memorial will remain closed.

When will it reopen?
The National Park Service has
awarded the contract for repair of the anchoring system for the USS Arizona Memorial dock. Repairs are projected to be complete by fall 2019 and in time for the next December 7 remembrance, provided no issues arise during the construction period. We appreciate the public's continued patience as we work as fast as possible to fix the dock at the USS Arizona Memorial.

What can I do at Pearl Harbor while the memorial is inaccessible?
The USS Arizona Memorial program is still running. Visitors still need free walk-in or reserve tickets for the program, which starts as usual with a 25-minute documentary on the Pearl Harbor attack. Following the documentary, visitors are taken on a 15-minute narrated harbor tour of Battleship Row and the area around the USS Arizona Memorial. Due to the closure, no one is able to disembark on the memorial at this time. From the boats, visitors are able to see some of the wreck of USS Arizona and take photographs of the memorial. Tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial program are available on a walk-in, same-day, first-come-first-served basis at the visitor center ticket desk, or online

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, museums, and bookstore are open as usual from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week. Our partner sites – the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor – are also open as usual.

Why is it taking so long to fix the dock?
Since May 2018, the NPS and its partners, including the Navy and Department of Defense, dedicated significant resources to investigating the cause of the damage, designing the needed repairs, and streamlining the federal contracting process to being work as fast as possible.

Why can't the NPS install a temporary dock?
The NPS and Navy evaluated several temporary alternatives, but all were ruled out due to the increased safety risk to visitors and the potential to damage the memorial.

How much is the repair going to cost?
2.1 million awarded 28 March 2019.

Who can I contact for more information?
Chief of Interpretation and Education Jay Blount

Further details of the damage:
The USS Arizona Memorial is closed to visitation due to a failure of the anchoring system for its dock. The anchor system failure occurred due to natural variables related to sediment in Pearl Harbor. In May of 2018, staff noticed minor damage to the concrete on the USS Arizona Memorial, directly beneath the public entrance. After initial repairs were made, the damage reappeared. Closer inspection of the dock and its attaching structures revealed that the root cause of the damage stemmed from a much larger issue: failure of the dock's anchoring system was placing excessive stress on the memorial. Standard anchoring techniques are not appropriate in this sensitive area, which is soft, sediment-heavy, and holds the potential for unexploded ordnance. Additionally, NPS is committed to protecting archeology related to the December 7, 1941, attack, and reducing all possible disturbance to the wreck of the USS Arizona, the final resting place of over 900 men.

Last updated: June 25, 2019

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