grade crossing


: a crossing of highways, railroad tracks, or pedestrian walks or combinations of these on the same level

Examples of grade crossing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A number of people have also been struck by trains downtown, where there are many grade crossings, in recent years. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 It's trenched, so there are no grade crossings, no road intersections. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 In addition to increasing speeds, the $1.96 billion project also provided safety improvements at 212 grade crossings, Pritzker said. Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2023 The grant covers several improvements along the route, including the development, final design, and construction for track and signal-related improvements, as well as upgrades to grade crossings and improvements to stations. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 27 Sep. 2023 But with more than 200,000 grade crossings across the United States, some impacts are inevitable, the industry says, citing those as the trade-off of transporting goods. Andrea Salcedo, Luz Lazo and Lee Powell, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 The fund, established by the Illinois General Assembly in 1955 is a collaborative effort between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Commerce Commission to ensure safety of the State’s 7,595 railroad grade crossings. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 14 Mar. 2023 Northbound train #263 struck the vehicle at the Broadway grade crossing at about 4:35 p.m., said Dan Lieberman, a spokesperson for the San Mateo County Transit District, which oversees Caltrain, SamTrans, and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Aug. 2021 Or a nearby grade crossing might prompt frequent train horns in the middle of the night. Taylor Walcik, Dallas News, 31 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grade crossing was circa 1890

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“Grade crossing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

grade crossing

: a crossing (as of highways, railroad tracks, or pedestrian walks) on the same level
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