Silver spire installed on One World Trade Center

The silver spire has been installed on the 1 World Trade Center building in New York. Picture: AP

The silver spire has been installed on the 1 World Trade Center building in New York. Picture: AP

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THE silver spire topping New York City’s One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building’s roof.

• The structure has now been brought to its full height of 1,776 feet

• The spire’s installation was reportedly completed on Friday morning

That brings the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the spire’s installation was completed Friday morning.

The 1,776 feet - or 541 meters - is symbolic of the year 1776, when the U.S. declared its independence.

Pieces of the spire were transported to the roof of the building last week. It weighs 758 tons.

The 408-foot (124.36-meter) spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. An LED-powered light emanating from it will be seen from miles away.

The new tower is at the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site, which is well on its way to reconstruction with the 72-story Four World Trade Center and other buildings.

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