The first section of the crowning spire that will rise atop One World Trade Center is set to be lifted into place next Wednesday. Nine pieces of the steel spire arrived in New York Harbor yesterday by barge from Canada via Port Newark. The spire will extend the high-rise to its full 1,776-foot height, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world.

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Next week, the new spire will be erected atop One World Trade Center, marking a post 9/11 milestone that will signify that New York City is “better than ever”, to quote Steven Plate, WTC’s director of construction. The first piece of the spire will be hoisted on top of the 104th story of the building and the remaining nine pieces of the 408-foot, $20 million spire are being trucked from Canada and another plant in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

One World Trade Center is scheduled to be opened in 2014, and its spire is expected to be completed by spring.

Via CBS News

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