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.
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.
A plant outside Montreal helped produce a total of 18 pieces to be erected atop One World Trade Center, rising into the Manhattan sky by spring to complete the 1,776—foot (541.3—meter) high—rise. The heaviest piece of spire weighs nearly 70 tons.
Symbolizing America’s freedom, it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.AP