A vital link between Suva and Nadi that was washed away during floods on Friday became the priority for the Department of National Roads as engineers raced around the clock to repair the washed-out bridge.
Acting Divisional Road Engineer West Munsami Naidu said his department along with members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and police were working together to get the Navo Bridge and approach into Nadi back up to allow traffic to flow through again.
"We should have it fixed by this afternoon. Conditions are not the best but we are doing our best and should restore this important bridge today," he said.
The bridge suffered extensive damage to the railings and five metres of road on the approach were washed away.
The washed out bridge is a vital link for people conducting business between Suva and Nadi and also for tourists travelling to and from the Nadi International Airport.
Meanwhile, the Queens Rd remained closed to all traffic at Sigatoka Village and Naidovi in Sigatoka and the Navo Bridge and town in Nadi. The Kings Rd was open only to four-wheel-drive vehicles at Wailailai Flats in Ba. A total of 27 roads were closed to all traffic in the Western Division yesterday.