BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's hard to miss the signs of progress in the Queen City.
A massive crane now hovers high above the new HARBORcenter and Hockey Heaven location. The crane stands 218 feet tall, which is about the same height as the Rath building, and it can lift 20 tons.
Mayor Byron Brown said, "Big sky cranes mean big progress in the City of Buffalo. See those cranes up, much larger communities have cranes like that up there all the time with progress moving forward. So those cranes represent another sign of major progress in the City of Buffalo."
Its base is 14 feet and an inspector was on site for its construction. And after, a private inspector was on site for two days testing it for safety.
Mortenson Construction Project Manager Dan Boie said, "It's approximately eight-feet deep of concrete, and approximately 14-by-14 feet wide with tons of reinforcement steel in the foundation."
The crane will sway with the wind, so it won't take Mother Nature's full force. And there are computerized limiters so that it cannot accidentally lift a load over a nearby building or swing it over a street.
In a couple of weeks, another crane slightly bigger than this one will be erected on the northside of the construction site.
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