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First Section Of WTC Spire Set In Place


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.

I’m pretty sure that would be the ARD Steel Works on New Market Road. I’ve driven through the place - it spans both sides of the road - a zillion times.

My only quibbles are a) why wasn’t all the spire made in the USA?, and b) what took you guys so damn long?



The sections of the spire arrived yesterday by barge

NEW YORK — The crowning spire of the World Trade Center’s tallest building arrived in New York on Tuesday — in giant steel pieces on a barge that floated in past the Statue of Liberty.

“It signifies that we’re back, we’re better than ever, and it shows the resilience of not just New York, but also people in general,” said Steven Plate, the director of post-9/11 construction at the lower Manhattan trade center. “The spire is a candle on the cake.”

He spoke aboard a boat that followed the barge tugged into New York Harbor from New Jersey’s Port Newark.

For these nine parts of the spire too heavy to be driven in, Tuesday marked the end of a journey that started in Canada on Nov. 16.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 12/12/2012 at 07:56 PM   
  1. Frankly, after 11 years the damn thing should be done and DONE. So whats that Other unfinished tower over on the right? Starbucks?

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/13/2012  at  01:15 AM  
  2. Still say they should have put both WTC towers back up, just as they were as a giant “Up Yours” to the Jihadis.

    Posted by Argentium G. Tiger    Canada   12/13/2012  at  03:44 AM  
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