First section of WTC spire hoisted atop building

  • Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:52 a.m.
A steel beam, bearing the signatures of hundreds of workers and President Barack Obama, is in place on the 104th floor of One World Trade Center on Tuesday in New York.  A 408-foot spire is expected to rise on top of the tower by spring. (AP Photo)
A steel beam, bearing the signatures of hundreds of workers and President Barack Obama, is in place on the 104th floor of One World Trade Center on Tuesday in New York. A 408-foot spire is expected to rise on top of the tower by spring. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building.

It was lifted onto the 104-story building on Wednesday.


Nine of 18 giant steel pieces of the spire arrived at the site in New York City Tuesday via barge from Port Newark, N.J.

The arrival marked the end of a 1,500-nautical-mile journey that started in Canada on Nov. 16.

A plant outside Montreal produced the 18 pieces. The spire will make the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The remaining nine pieces of the 408-foot, $20 million spire are being trucked in from Canada and another plant in South Plainfield, N.J.

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