The people and businesses of north Lafayette should make the decision on whether Moss Street is restriped to no longer be a four-lane thoroughfare, state Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, said Thursday.

Lafayette Consolidated Government officials asked the state Department of Transportation and Development to find a way to improve safety on Moss Street. DOTD has proposed restriping the current four-lane configuration, from Jefferson Street to Alexander Street, to be a two-lane roadway with a center turn lane and bike paths on each side.

“I recognize the importance of safety, and there have been some accidents on Moss Street,” Pierre said. “But is this the best way to do it and not damage the prospect of future commercial development along Moss Street?”

Pierre is seeking a consensus of residents, businesses and the state on what would be best for all concerned.

Some residents favor the project as a way to improve safety by slowing down traffic.

Business interests along Moss Street agreed at meetings on the issue that Moss Street is hazardous and safety improvements are needed. But they are concerned that restriping would hurt business by slowing traffic too much, especially when city buses stop for riders.

“It’s good that the Department of Transportation is looking at this street, as well as other streets in our area that would improve traffic flow and address accident concerns,” Pierre said.