Dundee city centre motorists were left seeing red – and nothing else – after construction work blocked off traffic lights at the Seagate.
Drivers had to guess when to move from the box junction that connects St Andrew’s Street, Trades Lane and the Seagate.
Two-thirds of the traffic lights on Trades Lane were hidden by building work – leaving only the red one visible.
Problems started earlier this week as work began on Trades Lane to create 28 new two-bedroom flats.
Work on the site, which has lain empty since the demolition of the McLeish Fresh Foods factory, will result in the closure of Trades Lane for nearly a year.
One concerned motorist said the obstruction had created a “pot luck” situation.
He said: “When I was coming down that section of road I looked across the junction and noticed only the red light was visible.
“The rest of the traffic signal was blocked by plyboard and scaffolding.
“The issue is that there are two lanes on St Andrew’s Street.
“If someone is turning left in a van or HGV vehicle on St Andrew’s Street they can’t see the lights on the left-hand side.
“It had essentially created a pot luck situation about whether or not to go if you want to turn right on to the Seagate.
“There have been cases of people going along the Seagate from the East Port roundabout entrance and still going through on amber.
“If you attempt to pull out from St Andrew’s Street not seeing the full traffic lights, there could be an accident.”
Contractor InverTay Homes Ltd, the principle contractor on the project said measures have now been taken to make the traffic lights fully visible while a long-term solution is reached.
A spokesman said: “Following concerns for public safety a decision was made following a meeting last Thursday for an emergency road closure to be implemented.
“This was due to concerns about the turning radius for buses along with the speed in which some motorists drove past the site. Public safety throughout the duration of these works is our priority.”
A spokeswoman for Dundee City Council said: “We are aware of the situation and have spoken to the contractors.”