Confused drivers faced a motoring stand-off after Give Way signs were put up incorrectly by Northamptonshire County Council.
A new footpath was installed across the access road to Wimborne Place to allow easier pedestrian access to the primary school, nursery and park.
The new path saw the road narrowed so only one vehicle could pass.
Northamptonshire County Council’s contractors installed new signs supposed to tell drivers which direction had priority, and which had to give way.
Unfortunately the end result was traffic in both directions being told to give way, leaving motorists in an embarrassing stand-off as they both waited.
A spokesman for the county council said: “It was down to human error.
“One of the signs was upside down.
“Engineers have now been out to the site to correct the error and we apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the spokesman added.