Walker, Barrett support Milwaukee lakefront work

Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:33:03 PM CDT

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.