Midway Enterprises of Lancaster has started work on the stalled Military Road project, taking over for Haseley Construction.
Haseley had completed 40 percent of the $8.1 million project before withdrawing under fire from the state Department of Transportation and local residents and business owners for taking too long to do the work. A projected completion date is now moved back from November to spring of 2002, according to Robert E. O' Connor, regional construction engineer for the DOT.
The DOT said Friday that Midway was given the job to widen Military Road from Porter/Packard Road to just north of Route 31. Haseley in August assigned it to its bonding company, Kemper Surety of Long Grove, Ill., which took bids from several contractors before hiring Midway.
Area residents had complained that work on the two-year project was either slow or nonexistent. Business owners on the strip lamented the loss of customers due to ripped up roads.
It was estimated that Haseley Construction had completed $3.2 million to $3.3 million of the work, but pulled out because they did not have the resources to complete the project. The project also includes turning lanes and sidewalks.