Public Roads Administration Fears Toad Statue Will Cause Accidents

Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) believes the 2.5 meters (8.2 ft.) tall toad statue in the Austefjord, Møre & Romsdal County, is so dominant that it is a danger to road users. Now NPRA will find a new location for the concrete toad.

(article continues below image)Paddestatue Robert SteinnesThe toad statue that was scheduled to be placed at a picnic spot by Kvivsvegen – a newly constructed road in the Austefjord – has to find a new location. NPRA believes the concrete toad is so dominant that it is a danger to road users.

– You can see this toad very clearly from the main road – and when you see something big and exciting, it is natural to turn the steering wheel the same way as you turn your eyes, says Chief Engineer in NPRA, Kåre Mittet.

The toad statue will be placed directly by a road curve and a tunnel entrance, therefore both the picnic spot and the toad should be relocated, he says

Biggest Scandinavian Toad Population

Padde ByggA group of enthusiasts from the local village has initiated both the picnic spot, information boards about the toads and the large statue.

The concrete toad is measuring 3 times 3 meters in area and is 2.5 meters (8.2ft.) tall.

The toad population at Lisjevatnet (English: “Small Lake”) in the Austefjord is the biggest documented both in Norway and in Scandinavia, and also among the biggest in Europe.

In 2010, two men were employed by the NPRA to carry 12,000 toads over Kvivsvegen to prevent them to be hit by cars.


Source: NRK Møre og Romsdal

Photos from top: Robert Steinnes,

Text modified by Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews

Categories: Nature, Quirky

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