MORE than 100 passengers and motorists were left stranded on either side of the Nalele bridge on Taveuni after it collapsed yesterday afternoon.
Fiji Roads Authority manager change Mike Rudge confirmed this saying a 10-tonne truck crossed the wooden bridge leading to the mishap.
"We can confirm that the bridge collapsed and our team is at the site directing the traffic," Mr Rudge said.
"The truck veered off the bridge but no one was hurt. Heavy loaded trucks usually travel through the bridge causing further damage."
He said officials on the island would provide an alternative route for the public to allow movement this morning.
"By this morning, we hope travel will be normal as a temporary route will be provided for them."
The Nalele bridge, Mr Rudge said, was one of the 30 in the country identified for further repair works.
"There have been concerns raised about this bridge and we will fix it for the purpose of avoiding traffic chaos," he said.
"The bridge will be maintained based on the extensive damage, traffic, risks and safety issues and we are also looking into putting bailey bridges."
The Taveuni Taxi Union said it had previously raised its concerns on the issue and it was time the authorities addressed this to avoid fatal accidents.