Another serious crash which has left a 22-year-old with critical injuries has once again raised the question about what can be done to fix Ballarat's Avenue of Honour.
Should speed limits be reduced? Should barriers be in place? What about the nearly 3300 trees which line the 23km route? Should a roundabout be built at Madden Drive? Is enough infrastructure in place to cope with a growing population?
All these questions and more keep coming up whenever there is a serious accident, which unfortunately appears to be every couple of weeks.
Residents in the western suburbs of Ballarat are genuinely fearful for their and their family's safety as fast moving cars and trucks barrel along the road at all times of the day and night.
It's too simplistic to say that Ballarat just needs better drivers who need to slow down.
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The fact is there have been plenty of very good drivers who have come to grief along the road, sometimes it might just be as simple as a kangaroo jumping out in front of a driver that causes a crash. If you swerve, you simply have nowhere to go.
As Ballarat Councillor and Avenue of Honour committee member Daniel Moloney says, something needs to be done as Sturt Street all the way to Burrumbeet sees a huge amount of crashes, well above any state averages.
Sturt Street in central Ballarat is seeing improvements at intersections, now we need funding for the Avenue of Honour.
So what needs to happen? We can start with speed, we can start with distraction, but the truth is you rarely see head on crashes. This perhaps is more good luck than good management, but rather injuries and deaths are either caused by ditches or, most likely, the trees that line the road.
So How do you protect drivers from ditches and trees? The easiest way is to put up barriers, they can be wire barriers, they can be metal barriers, but either way the fact show, they save a lot of trauma as we've seen in areas such as the Western Freeway and Creswick Road.
If you put up barriers, then what happens to the Avenue's trees and the plaques which adorn them?
Often we have been told that there is not enough room for barriers between trees, however, after each crash the replacement tree is planted one metre back from its original position, so at the current rate within a generation we will have enough room.
The plaques of names are an interesting debate, but perhaps the simplest response is to simply put them on the other side of the trees.
On the south side you already have a dirt path which runs all the way to Cardigan. Why not simply turn the plaques around and create a walking path for visitors to enjoy where they can see the names of the brave soldiers who gave their lives for the country, instead of having cars and trucks flying past and visitors risking their lives to remember their loved ones.
On the north side, you have service roads, so more engineering would be required for it be replicated, but it is not impossible.
The Avenue of Honour this month celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of the first stone at the Arch of Victory. Then the arch and the road was a celebration.
A century later, the road is used for totally different reasons. We need to work on a solution that will not only preserve our history, but also keep everyone safe.