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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

USS Arizona Memorial Repairs Ongoing

Above, the USS Arizona Memorial in May 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Repairs to the pier at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor are going as fast as possible, according to the National Park Service.

Fox News reported:
HONOLULU –  The National Park Service is working as fast as possible to reopen access to the USS Arizona Memorial after cracks were discovered last month on the floating concrete pier near the metal access ramp, officials said. 
Visitors to the memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu are taken on a 15-minute narrated tour of Battleship Row instead of the usual docking at the site, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday.

Boat transportation to the pier was suspended in early May following the discovery of the cracks. 
The cracks tuned out to be minor and the memorial is structurally sound, said Jay Blount, a spokesman for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. 
With the discovery of the cracks, officials found that the pier had shifted nearly 3 feet (1 meter) away from the memorial, pulling on the access ramp and damaging an attachment bolt. The pier is held in place by chains and concrete blocks.

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