The National Park Service has revised its construction timeline and we anticipate project completion by the end of March 2019. NPS and Navy staff have been working days, nights, and weekends to fix the memorial's dock, and we expect to award a construction contract this year. We appreciate the public's continued patience as we work as fast as possible to fix the dock at the USS Arizona Memorial.
Chief of Interpretation and Education Jay Blount
Frequently Asked Questions
What is going on? Visitor access to the USS Arizona Memorial has been suspended for several months 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. Repairs are expected to be completed by March 2019. In lieu of USS Arizona Memorial programs, visitors will be taken on a 30-minute narrated harbor tour of Battleship Row and the area around the USS Arizona Memorial. Tickets are still required. Visitors can get walk-in tickets at the visitor center on a first come, first served basis, or reserve tickets online at www.recreation.gov. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, museums, and bookstore are still 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. This work has resulted in turning what would normally take three to four years, into a seven to eight month project. The pre-design and design phases are complete. Compliance/permitting is nearly complete. The NPS has completed the equivalent of two years of project work since May 2018.
Will survivors be able to access the memorial on December 7? Unfortunately, no. In consultation with Navy experts, it has been determined that there is no safe way to transport and deliver survivors, their families, or other dignitaries to the memorial on December 7. Employee and visitor safety are always key concerns for us, and until the dock anchoring system is repaired, access to the memorial is not safe. However, the Navy and park are working on a special alternative boat-based ceremony for December 7 at the USS Arizona for survivors, families, and dignitaries.
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? We won't know for sure until we receive bids and the contract is awarded.
Background: The USS Arizona Memorial is presently 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. Visitors are still traveling on Navy boats for a tour of Battleship Row, with ability to see the wreck of USS Arizona and take photographs of the memorial.
USS Arizona Memorial Closure
Last updated: December 3, 2018