THE Fiji Roads Authority yesterday sealed off traffic access to a bridge in Labasa to allow for urgent repairs.
The bridge at Namoli, outside Labasa Town was closed on Friday.
FRA's chief executive officer Neil Cook said while the bridge had been closed to all traffic and daily commuters, the contractor had assured that an alternative route was available.
"The bridge was closed on Friday to carry out urgent works and there is a diversion being set up to ensure minimal disruption to commuters," Mr Cook said.
Mr Cook has asked the public to bear with contractors as they carry out their works. He has also stressed that the repair works need to be completed to avoid any future mishaps or accidents.
"The bridge is located outside of Labasa Town and is used by school buses and the general public, so the safety of citizens will come first," he said.
Yesterday, residents of the Batinikama and Namoli areas raised their concerns on the deteriorating condition of the bridge.
Namoli resident Rohit Singh said they had to cart their shopping from one end of the bridge to the other as the beams had rusted and the bridge was in a terrible condition.
"They have diverted traffic along a cane access road where vehicles are moving through but the area is boggy and the road is really bad," said Mr Singh.