First section of WTC spire set to be hoisted

A barge loaded with sections of spire for One World Trade Center, left, is guided by tugboat across New York Harbor from New Jersey's Port Newark, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 in New York. The spire is expected to rise into the Manhattan sky by spring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 12, 2012 9:25:35 AM PST
The first section of a spire that will rise atop the World Trade Center's tallest building is set to be lifted into place 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.

The first piece will be hoisted on top of the 104-story One World Trade Center.

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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