Published: Jul 28, 2011 10:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 8:20 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- The project to expand Metro Parkway is in a holding pattern, and drivers and residents in the area want to know "what's next?"

Work at the site stopped in May, when Posen Construction was taken off the project to extend Metro Parkway from Six Mile Cypress to U.S. 41 south of Alico Road.

The Florida Department of Transportation is hopeful work will resume by September.

An FDOT spokeswoman tells WINK News bids for the project will be submitted in the next two weeks.

But those bids won't go to FDOT, they'll go to Liberty Mutual Surety, the bonding company that insured the project and is now responsible for moving it forward.

"The surety company now has to take the steps it needs to take and we're looking forward to getting a new contractor on board and getting back to work on this project and getting it finished," said FDOT spokeswoman Debbie Tower.

FDOT pulled Posen off the project citing malfeasance. It claimed the construction company was not staying on schedule or paying its sub-contractors on time.

Even though the job isn't done, Posen did get paid for some of it.

"Our original contract amount for the work was about $30 million. Posen had earned $11 million," Tower explained. "Taxpayers and the state of Florida is not paying any more money to complete this project than the original contract."

The original project deadline is next March. It's not clear if a new construction can finish the remain work on time.