The first piece of the 408-foot spire that will crown the Freedom Tower was hoisted aloft this morning, after making a 1,500-mile journey from Canada by barge. The New York Daily News reports:
The 16-foot-tall barrel-shaped section of steel, which weighs nearly 70 tons, was successfully raised 104 stories from ground level at Vesey St. to the top of the tower in about 45 minutes. The lift was completed at 9 a.m.
The section raised is one of 18 that will be lifted and then assembled on top of the tower over the next several months. Port Authority officials estimate the spire will be completed in the first quarter of 2013.
When the skyscraper is completed it will stand at 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.