Update 6/24/16: Work has been extended to June 28 due to a construction delay. This post has been updated to reflect the new information.
For two weeks in June, visitors will not be able to step onto the USS Arizona Memorial.
The memorial’s dock will be dismantled, removed, and replaced from June 13-28. Normal operations will resume Wednesday, June 29.
A boat ride will take visitors to observe the memorial, however they will not be able to disembark during this time. Tickets can be obtained online or on a same-day, first-come, first-served basis.
“We are grateful for our close partnership with the US Navy and all of the work that they’re doing to ensure that visitors during this period will still get to see the USS Arizona and its memorial, even while the new dock is being installed. The patience shown by those interested in the memorial is deeply appreciated,” said World War II Valor in the Pacific Superintendent Jacqueline Ashwell.
Officials say the work is not related to damage sustained when USNS Mercy hit the dock last May, and the new dock was designed prior to the accident.
It was designed in Hawaii by a local company and constructed in Bellingham, Wash. by a vendor accustomed to fabricating docks destined for Hawaiian waters.
The dock will be transported by truck to a staging area on Ford Island and then floated to the memorial, where it will be attached using anchor blocks and mooring chains. A series of skid-proof ramps will replace the combination of steps and ramps that currently provide walking and wheelchair access from the dock to the memorial.
All other visitor services will remain unchanged. The USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pacific Aviation Museum will continue to be open to the public.