Unsatisfactory sea communications
In the report from a communications committee in 1919, Solund is described thus: "The municipality in terms of communications completely relies upon the sea. Roads are non-existent." A road between Nåra and Straumen and between Hardbakke and Strand was proposed, but other than that there were no concrete plans for road building in Solund until the road plan was presented in 1940. Because of the war situation in the country, the county governor suggested that the project be put on ice. After the war the road issue was once again brought up.
The Nåra-Kolgrov road is built
The first automobile road project which was allocated funds was the section Nåra-Kolgrov in 1939-1940, from the budget item called roads in coastal areas. It measured 4.5 kilometres, and the sum was NOK 22,000. It was argued that this road in the west of Solund was one of first roads which ought to be built in the coastal area. In storm or rough weather the vessels could not call on the west side of Nåra, and travellers had to make their way to the east side of the island. Work on the road began in 1941 and was finished in 1967.
The road Strand-Hardbakke, proposed in 1919, did not seem to be given high priority, but the section Vaulen-Hardbakke was. This project was included in the budget for 1938, under the item - emergency employment. It measured 11 kilometres. The yearly allocations were small. NOK 20,000 came each year from the state and the county, while the municipality and interested individuals contributed each 10%. The consequence was a very long construction period. The road was not finished until 1960, and became a part of state road 606, Hardbakke-Krakhella.
The scheduled steamship service after the war was rather unsatisfactory to the people in Solund. There were few departures and few stops for Bergen. The Wednesday service from Bergen took 19 hours to get to Krakhella. Since the municipality had no automobile roads, scheduled sea traffic was not profitable, and so Fylkesbaatane (steamship company) was unwilling to consider new services. A precondition for better communications by boat became paradoxically a network of roads. The politicians in the municipality all agreed that roads and better sea communications were needed. The problem was to have the roads included in the road plans and the budgets in a short time.
Struggle for road across Solund
At the county council session in 1949, the steamship schedules and roads in Solund were discussed. The county public roads director and the county governor were in favour of road improvement. The municipal council asked in a unanimous petition for a "new project Krakhella-Eidevågen". The county public roads director wrote that the project "should be classified as a main road in coastal communities, and therefore cannot be allocated county funds. In the ten-year plan which has been presented to the county council, the project is regrettably not given priority. But the realization of this project will obviously revolutionize communications in Solund, so work will be done to find a solution if possible". The county governor said in his recommendation to the county council that it was advisable to get the building of the road started as soon as possible, for example through advance payment.
Local road or main road
The road was never classified as a main road, but as a local road. For the municipality it was impossible to build the road as a local road with only 50% state contribution. The next step was therefore to have the road classified as a state road. The municipal council also asked that the road be built across the whole municipality from Kolgrov and as far as to Krakhella. If this were not possible in the ten-year period, the council asked that the project Eidevågen-Krakhella be realized. It was difficult to get the road classified as a main road. The roads director gave a negative answer.
High-voltage power line promotes the road building
The building of a high-voltage power line in 1950, in part along the projected road, made for a quick building of the road. The municipality was willing to advance NOK 35,000, and to start up the work. The county governor accepted this, adding that the project had been classified as a main road. Yet public funds were still missing.
Prepayment and loan
Many years came to pass before the road was planned in detail, and building could begin. In the period 1950-1955 there were countless meetings, several surveys, and the municipality even sent representatives to the public roads director general in Oslo. The minister of communications and the roads committee of the Storting (Parliament) were also involved. In 1955, Fylkesbaatane promised to advance up to NOK 150,000. The municipality borrowed NOK 3,000,000.
The building is in progress
On 2 November 1954, the building began. On 19 September, 1960 the road was officially opened. Included in the project was a steamship service between Krakhella og Rysjedal. A new day had begun for the people of Solund. But only in 1972 were ferry quays built. M/F "Firda" was the first ferry in scheduled traffic between Solund and the mainland. This ferry was used until the end of the year, when the new seagoing M/F "Nesøy" took over.
Road connection to western Solund
The continuation of state road 606 from Hardbakke to Ytre Steinsund was finished in 1967. A bridge had been built across Rørdalsfjorden (built 1960, the old Langebrua in Førde had been used), and a bridge across Indre Steinsund (built 1963). In 1974, a ferry was set in traffic between Daløy and Nåra. The first ferry was called "Nårasund" and was privately operated. It was made of wood, and the capacity was ten cars. In the autumn of 1979, Nåra-Daløy became part of the county road. The "Nårasund" number two was set in, a steel ferry with the same capacity of ten cars. In 1990, it became too small, and a third "Nårasund" took over.