A Los Angeles skyscraper is the tallest building in the West

Passerby's look up at the Wilshire Grand Tower on South Figueroa Street where a worker fell to his death on Thursday, March 17, 2016. A fire department spokesperson said the the construction worker plunged 50 stories to his death from the building under construction and hit the back of a passing car in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

Construction workers on Saturday placed a 10-ton spire atop the Wilshire Grand Tower. The spire adds 160 feet to the 73-story building. That makes it 1,099 feet high.

That’s 81 feet higher than nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the tallest building record since 1989.

The Wilshire Grand still has some construction work scheduled. The $1 billion hotel and office complex is scheduled to open next March.

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