Wallenda's Wire is Nearly Ready to Go

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - With just four days to go before daredevil Nik Wallenda's historic tightrope walk above Niagara Falls, engineers and linemen began the two-day process of stringing an 1,800 foot cable from the U.S. side to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

"The cable weighs about 8-tons, this length of it. About 7 pounds a foot," said engineer Peter Catchpole.

"It's just a matter of having enough mass out there that when he's walking out there and the wind is tugging at it, that it's got the weight to stay there and not be bounced around easily," he said.

Meantime, the City of Niagara Falls is getting ready for a crush of spectators, although no one knows just how many people will try to catch a glimpse of the stunt.

"I think that we were very nervous that we only had six weeks to prepare for this event but with each passing day I think that we get stronger in terms of our organization," said Mayor Paul Dyster.