A tragedy at a main Welsh road near Cardiff has captured headlines but an accident black spot on the same road in north Wales has been almost ignored, it has emerged.
Several people have been killed at the junction of the A470 and A494 near Dolgellau.
Five crashes have happened near the spot in as many weeks.
However, the crashes come in the wake of significant investment in the A470 by the Welsh government in the past year.
Now commentators have asked whether that money was spent effectively.
So many accidents have occurred, at the A470 turn off for Bala, the Welsh government have installed a temporary three-way traffic signal system and imposed a 50mph speed limit.
Yet millions of pounds have been spent upgrading the A470 and nearby roads to the south, in a scheme called the A470 Maes yr Helmau to Cross Foxes Improvement.
Earlier in 2014 the Dolgellau bypass, which follows on from this road scheme, was also resurfaced, and the junction road markings changed.
But there had been calls for a more radical overhaul of the black-spot junction.
In the latest accident at the scene last week, a teenage girl was taken to hospital.
Yet it came as huge attention was given to an accident when a 36 year old woman died on the A470 outside Caerphilly near Cardiff, and the road had to be closed for four hours.
Meanwhile hundreds of people have now signed an online petition calling on the Welsh government to build a roundabout on the A470 at the junction with the A494 in north Wales, and try to halt the accident record there.
John Raghoobar, a town councillor for Dolgellau, said: "I think the traffic lights are better than nothing but let’s just hope something is done quickly."
A tragic motorcycle accident at the junction has highlighted the situation.
But £11.3 million was spent improving the road a few miles further south, between Maes-yr-Helmau and the Cross Foxes on the A470.
At the start of work, Welsh government minister Carl Sergeant said: ”Transport is vital to our lives and getting our approach to transport right is critical for sustained economic growth in Wales.”
In another upgrade further north, a bridge was constructed for bats at a cost of more than £650,000 on the bypass of Porthmadog.
The ‘bat bridge’ was designed to save the rare lesser horseshoe bat from being killed by vehicles.
While innovative, it was considered an experimental measure that had only been trialled a few times before.
The bridge consists of a row of lights either side of the road, mounted at low level which illuminate the carriageway, but ensuring the sky above is dark.
Early in the project, some drivers said the unusual lights were dazzling.
The Welsh government have stressed they had to follow European legislation to protect the local wildlife, but the amount of money spent on the bat bridge faced huge criticism.
Local resident Aled Griffith said: "If you think about the amount of money that’s being spent on one bridge just to protect bats, I’m not against bats, but what about the children and old people and the people who want to walk along that road who used to walk there before the bypass was opened."
Yet the multi-million A470 upgrade has been honoured in awards ceremonies.
It was shortlisted for 'Awards in Sustainability' by The Institute of Civil Engineering and Construction Excellence Wales.
But as the accident toll continues to mount elsewhere on the A470, the road seems unlikely to win any awards for safety.