Villagers were left trying to puzzle out why the “wrong type” of road surface had been put down by highway workers last week.
Residents in Boxford were notified that resurfacing work would be carried out at the end of June, lasting for four days.
Warnings of the impending work had been given in the parish magazine, and parents of Boxford Primary School children were warned to car-share and park away from the village while the work was completed at the bottom of School Hill, in Stone Street Road, Broad Street and Ellis Street, ending at the bottom of Cox Hill.
But workers downed tools on the second day after it was realised the new surface – studded with large red gravel pebbles – was the wrong type.
On Thursday, the large stretch of road is due to be planed off, with work starting again from scratch.
Boxford Parish Council vice-chairman Michael Norman said the council met on Monday evening to agree the village wants an entirely black road surface.
“Being a heritage village, they thought we wanted a fancy surface like the ones in Framlingham and Woodbridge, but we all agree we just want the black stuff,” he said.