MILWAUKEE (AP) – A construction project is being planned along downtown Milwaukee’s lakefront that officials say will ease traffic congestion and free up land for development.  The plan was announced Monday with a rare show of bipartisan support between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.   A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report ( ) says the project involves extending the lakefront Lincoln Memorial Drive into the city’s Historic Third Ward, a downtown neighborhood. It would also move I-794 ramps.  Walker has agreed to have the state Department of Transportation pay for the new ramps. DOT officials previously wanted the city to cover the estimated $16 million price tag.  Barrett says the city would finance other improvements through a proposed tax district centering on an insurance company’s planned $300 million building downtown.

—      Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,