PHOTOS: Huge crane barge crosses Ballina bar

BOATIES were asked to stay clear of the Ballina bar yesterday morning as a crane barge made the crossing into the Richmond River.

The huge Polaris Marine barge was escorted by tug boats across the bar, carrying a crane on its way to the Pacific Highway construction site.

The barge moored at Wardell overnight.

This morning, traffic on the Pacific Highway was stopped so the Wardell bridge could be lifted and allow the barge and the tug boat to pass underneath.

An RMS spokeswoman said the barge would be used in the construction of the Broadwater bridge, part of the Ballina to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway upgrade.   She said the barge would be used for marine work and to lift girders into place for the bridge.