PORTLAND -- Monday's fatal crash on Southwest Barbur Boulevard has neighbors concerned about safety.
Barbur is a war zone right now, said Kiel Johnson of the neighborhood group Friends of Barbur.
There were 129 crashes along a two-mile stretch of Southwest Barbur Boulevard between 2008- and 2012, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Barbur Boulevard is considered a 'High Crash Corridor.' Cars, trucks, bicycles, buses and pedestrians all have to share this busy stretch of roadway. Roughly 50 percent of the corridor lacks sidewalks.
This is a very hard-working corridor along Southwest Portland. We've got to improve access for everybody. There are an awful lot of users on that road, said Don Hamilton of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Barbur Boulevard has long been the focus of study groups and planners. ODOT says it is currently part of a major Southwest Corridor improvement plan.
There's a lot of planning and a lot of motivation by people in the neighborhood to make things better, but there is just not any political will to get that done, said Johnson.