Firm to conduct independent review of KABATA data

Jun 14, 2013 -- 10:00am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An independent consultant will independently review the socioeconomics data used by the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority. KABATA says Australian--based consulting firm Cardno Inc. will conduct the study by Sept. 30. The price of the contract is between $100,000 and $150,000. The Anchorage Daily News reports that a local planning firm, Agnew:Beck, will assist. There's no cost associated with their work yet since a losing bidder is challenging their selection. This is in response to a Legislative audit which criticized traffic and toll studies as being too optimistic for the toll bridge linking Anchorage to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Rep. Mia Costello of Anchorage says the study doesn't go far enough. She says it should also review KABATA's traffic estimates, not just population and economic data.

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