HONOLULU – Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, the official said.
Boat transport to attraction was suspended on May 6 after one of the ships Operators noticed a crack on the outside of the monument, Hawaii News Now reported.
Tourists were allowed to disembark at the Memorial after crews had completed the interim repairs. But the cracks resurfaced hours later, indicating a more serious problem.
"There is a brow or an edge where the visitor ramp meets the monument, and at that point there were some cracks on the outside," said Jay Blount, a spokesman for World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. "After further investigation inside, it was found that the structure does not support the loading ramp as we need it."
Engineers are working to find possible long-term solutions.
"The time needed for the repair is unknown, but the (National Park Service) will continue to provide information to the public as our specialist team works together to restore access as soon as possible," said the memorial on Friday in a press release.
Other areas of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remain open.