The main objective of this work is to investigate the bridging tractions in a model composite using optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors written into selected reinforcing fibers. Simultaneously, the crack opening displacement (COD) is measured using a speckle interferometry technique. The measurements are useful in the verification of the relation between the COD and bridging tractions established with the use of the weight function method. Center crack specimens made of epoxy and reinforced with one layer of optical fibers are prepared and tested under remote tension parallel to the fibers. Bragg gratings of 0.17 to 0.38 mm in length are introduced in selected fibers for direct, non invasive, local measurements of axial strains in these fibers. A controlled central crack, bridged by intact fibers, is introduced by a laser technique such that the FBGs are located between the crack faces. The results on the forces obtained from the FBGs and the COD-weight function method show good agreement. The experimental results also compare very well with 3-dimensional numerical simulations of the actual specimen geometry and loading configuration.