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"Check Out The Toad Tunnel" Top 5 Page for this destination Davis Things to Do Tip by TooTallFinn24

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  • Overpass on Top of Toad Tunnel - Davis
      Overpass on Top of Toad Tunnel
    by TooTallFinn24

Having left the town of Davis in 1974, I had to croak when I first heard the controversy that was going on in Davis in 1985. A City built tunnel for toads?

The City was trying to build an overpass over a busy street to provide a better separation between bicyclists and autos. Environmentally concerned residents were concerned that the overpass would result in the death of toads who crossed from a dirt lot over to a small reservoir. Residents showed up at Planning Commission meetings asking that the overpass not be built becuase of impacts to the frog. After considerable debate it was decided to build a toad tunnel The resulting tunnel runs under the Pole Line Overpass and allows the frogs safe passage. The cost to the City at the time was about $15,000.

Now interestingly enough after the toad tunnel was built the toads did not at first use the tunnel. So the tunnel was lit with little heat lamps. However the heat lamps burned and in some cases killed the toads. There was also a problem with birds who looked at the holes as a place for fresh toad meals.

Toad Hollow was constructed as a monument to celebrate that the toads had a way, even though they weren't using it, to get across the road. In late 1999, the walkway at the northeast entrance to the Davis Food Co-Op on G Street was designed "Toad Lane" by the City Council, an occasion celebrated on the front page of the local newspaper.

The Toad Tunnel reached another level of distinction in January 2000 with the release of The Toads of Davis, a childrens book written and illustrated by local author Ted Puntillo, Sr. The Toads of Davis tells the story of the Davis Toad Tunnel in a unique way: through the eyes of the toads.

So now Davis, California is looked at as the City in the country that can tell you how to and how not to build a toad tunnel.

Address: 2120 5th Street, Davis
Directions: From SF and I-80, take the Richards Blvd exit, turn left, go about 2 miles to Pole Line Rd; turn left then go about 1 1/2 to 5th Street. Park in the Post Office parking lot, tunnel is to the side.

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2011
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