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Construction begins on SR63

Construction began this week on the widening of State Route 63 east of the I-75 Interchange. The project is the long awaited widening of the road between Senate Drive and Monroe's eastern corporation line. The improvements will move Corridor Park Drive to the west to align it with Senate Drive. A traffic signal will be installed at this new intersection. The new road to the south will be the main access to the planned Cincinnati Premium Outlets, expected to be open in late 2008. The road improvements will also include a dedicated left turn lane for Traders World, whose access drive is being moved to the east 250 feet. This access drive will align directly across from a proposed road that will eventually connect to Butler Warren Road and someday possibly tie into Cox Road. Once the new road to the south is constructed, a traffic signal will be placed at this intersection also.

4th of July Parade

Planning for a 4th of July parade and city event are now in the planning stages. If you would like to help or participate in the parade or with the event, please contact Angela Wasson at 539-7374. You may also email questions or suggestions to cityhall@monroeohio.org

Illustrator Loren Long

Loren Long will visit Monroe Elementary on April 26th and April 27th. Loren Long is an award-winning illustrator who can be found drawing each day at his house in West Chester, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons, Griffith and Graham, and their dog, Stella. Loren was born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and did graduate work at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He has taught illustration at Northern Kentucky University and guest lectured at Columbus College of Art and Design, and Kendall College of Art. The illustrator has published numerous books for young readers. His first was My Dog, My Hero by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers. It was published in 2000. In 2003 superstar singer Madonna chose Loren Long to illustrate her story, Mr. Peabody’s Apples, which skyrocketed to # 1 on the Children’s New York Times Best Seller list. Loren won the prestigious Golden Kite Award for best picture book illustration from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson and for When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.