Spire sets sail for one World Trade Center
The spire that will crown the jewel of the Manhattan skyline is making its way over the holiday weekend to One World Trade Center, the Port Authoriy of NY&NJ press release said.
A barge carrying eight of the 18 sections of spire for One WTC is en route to New York City (see photos) on a 1,500 nautical-mile journey south from Canada down the Atlantic seaboard on the Atlantic Salvor barge. The vessel left Valleyfield, Quebec, on November 16 and is expected to arrive early next week at Port Newark.
The sections of the spire, ranging in weight from approximately five tons to more than 67 tons, will then be readied for transfer to Lower Manhattan. The remaining smaller pieces, which will travel from Canada via truck, are expected to arrive in mid-December.
Once the 408-foot spire is installed atop One World Trade, the building will stand 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Installation is expected to take approximately three months, depending upon weather conditions.
The spire will serve the state-of-the-art, broadcast facility that will be housed in One WTC. The Durst Organization will oversee construction and operation of the facility, which will provide unparalleled service for the region’s broadcasters. The Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved the broadcast facility in April 2012.
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations.