Dundee’s West End is facing more roadworks which could last until Christmas.
Gas firm SGN plans to put in temporary traffic lights on Blackness Road, between the junction of Oxford Street and Glamis Road, later this month.
The timing of the work has been questioned by some locals.
Graham Bruce, 66, a retired technician who lives nearby, said: “I understand they have to be done but why in the middle of winter?
“In the letter we were issued, they advised our gas could be off and if we knew any elderly neighbours we should keep in touch with them.
“It comes down to bad planning, as long as it suits the gas board.
“It is surely the hardest time of year with the adverse weather conditions for them to carry out the works.
“The ones carried out on the Perth Road recently were delayed, so I wonder what the impact of snow would have on these pending works.
“The works across the whole of the West End have been a joke.”
West End councillor Richard McCready said he was “pleased” that upgrades to the gas network were being carried out but questioned if “too much” work had been planned in a short space of time, following Scottish Water roadworks earlier this year.
He said: “It’s good the water and gas upgrades have been carried out but it has been too close together.
“The council and the utility companies need to coordinate better. I hope it is the case that the road will not be closed.
“I know sometimes utility companies advise us they don’t need to shut the road then the council advises them otherwise, so I’ll be checking with them to make sure that is definitely the case.”
SGN spokeswoman Chloe Boyce said: “The work about to start involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply. We are working in Blackness Road between the junctions of Oxford Street and Glamis Road. We’re aiming to start on November 28. All being well, we will be completed by Christmas.
“Temporary traffic lights may be required at times to ensure the safety of our engineers and the public.
“We understand that roadworks can be frustrating and would like to thank road users and the local community for their continued patience while we complete our essential upgrade work.”