City deems Natatorium public safety hazard

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City & County of Honolulu says it needs to address 'hazardous' conditions at the Waikiki Natatorium's seawall.

The city says the conditions require immediate attention to protect public safety.

A recent inspection revealed that portions of the Natatorium's concrete seawall are severely cracked and could fall into surrounding waters and cause injury to swimmers.

The City is advising the public to stay away from the structure, and expects to begin mitigation work on Monday (Oct. 3, 2011).

The work will include removal of cracked concrete along the entire perimeter of the pool, and will be conducted from outside the structure.

Workers will erect temporary scaffolds and use hand tools to remove the damaged concrete, which will be lowered onto rafts and brought ashore.

Buoys will be placed 20 feet from the seawall to keep swimmers and beach users out of the work area. Completion of the work is expected to take five days, subject to tide and wave conditions.

Workers will also install signs along the seawall to warn of the structure's dangerous condition, and will reinforce a barricade on the Diamond Head side to help deter trespassers.

We will have more on this developing story tonight on Hawaii News Now.

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