NAIVIDAMU villagers in Macuata have a reason to smile after a government-funded bridge was completed in the area.
The new bridge will ease the movement of about 200 villagers.
In an Information Ministry statement, provincial administrator Macuata Joseva Rokonai said the government saw the need to link the Naividamu Rd to the village because villagers had requested a bridge for a very long time.
"The non-availability of a bridge to link the road to the village was also a stumbling block for development in the village as goods could not be transported straight to the village," Mr Rokonai said.
"The government of the day is happy to assist rural villages that have been affected by incomplete development projects of past governments.
"For four decades, the villagers have been loading goods on the road as there was no bridge to allow vehicles into the village.
"The bridge was commissioned three months ago and villagers of Naividamu have welcomed the much-awaited project."
The district representative for Macuata, Peni Donu, expressed the villagers' appreciation to the government for its assistance.
The village has a population of about 200 people with a primary school catering for about 100 students.
The government-funded project cost $46,430.