NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A major piece of the new One World Trade Center has arrived in New York City.
Part of the giant spire that will top the tower arrived by barge from New Jersey. The nine largest pieces of the spire, each weighing 70 tons, were brought across New York Harbor from Port Newark on Tuesday.
The spire is divided into 18 sections, weighing between 5 tons and more than 67 tons. Workers will begin hoisting them on Wednesday.
"Best way to describe it is it's like putting a candle on top of a cake," World Trade Center construction director Steven Plate told WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell.
The pieces of the 408-foot-tall spire will be assembled on top of the soaring tower, something Plate called extreme engineering.
"Everything on this project is either cutting edge, state-of-the-art or something that's never been done before," Plate said.When complete, the spire will allow the building to reach the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.
Construction at the World Trade Center site had been halted after Superstorm Sandy left it and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum severely flooded.
Crews completed a massive pumping operation last month.The Port Authority said it will take about three months to complete the installation of the spire.