BRADENTON, Fla. - The nonprofit operator of a financially troubled toll road in South Carolina is moving ahead with a traffic and revenue study it hopes will help it restructure its debt or find a private partner as it struggles with a technical default it had hoped to prevent.

The Connector 2000 Association Inc. last week asked six firms for qualifications to do the study to determine if it can achieve an investment-grade rating for restructured debt. The firms are AECOM Technology Corp., Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Halcrow, IMTech, Stantec Inc., and Steer Davies Gleave. Responses are due May 21 and the association expects to select one firm by June 5.

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