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World Trade Center Spire to be hoisted Thursday morning

Posted at 11:44 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-10 18:13:44-04

LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11) – Thursday morning, One World Trade Center will become one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. The final two sections of a 408 foot spire will be hoisted to the top of the building, bringing it to its final height of 1776 feet.

The piece was originally supposed to be installed Monday, but it had to be called off because of the weather.

The two pieces form a stainless steel beacon weighing almost six tons. Once the architectural structure is complete, it will be comprised of 18 separate sections of steel and three communication rings.

The first — and heaviest — steel section was installed in January, weighing more than 67 tons,according to the Port Authority.