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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.

Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

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, Tuesday, in New York. A 408-foot spire is expected to rise on top of the tower by spring.

Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

First section of WTC spire set to be hoisted

  • Associated Press
  • December 12, 2012 - 5:39 AM

NEW YORK - 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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