POOR bridge conditions have at times left people living in remote areas stranded during bad weather.
This has been revealed by Serua Provincial Council chairman Ratu Manueli Roseru.
Ratu Manueli said people in Tubarua settlement in the province of Serua had been raising concerns over the bridge's dangerous condition.
"We have students attending Nuku Secondary School and five other primary schools who use the bridge on a daily basis," he said.
"When bad weather is experienced the bridge is always flooded, leaving students stranded at times on either side of the bridge.
"The bridge has been used by the Department of Forestry, as they mainly transport logs through Tubarua settlement."
Ratu Manueli said the people were grateful for government's assistance in developing the province.
"We do appreciate the help government has been giving but we also need good bridges and roads in order to have access to areas that we need to develop," he said.
Similar problems are also being faced in the Tailevu province.
David Kumar of Naduru, Tailevu said the Naduru wooden bridge was in need of an upgrade as it was unsafe to travel on.
Mr Kumar said he travelled by bus every morning on that route and noticed bus drivers had to take extra precautions when crossing the bridge as it was old.
"The Naduru bridge has been here for a while and it needs to be replaced or upgraded fast before people get injured while using it," Mr Kumar said.
Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said all road and bridge upgrades for the Central Division would now be handled by the Fiji Roads Authority.