north·​bound | \ ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce northbound (audio) \

Definition of northbound

: traveling or headed north

Examples of northbound in a Sentence

The northbound lanes are closed.

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And if so, why do the northbound carpool lane signs have lights? Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "New surfacing on Highway 17 will ease skidding on curves: Roadshow," 3 Sep. 2019 The detour will be I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound to I-405 southbound. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: ODOT closes I-84 ramp to I-5 south for three nights starting 10 p.m.," 3 Sep. 2019 The department suggested motorists cut through Payson or use state routes 87 and 260 There was no estimated time for the northbound delay to clear, ADOT said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Long delays on Interstate 17 in north Phoenix ahead of Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 Police temporarily closed the northbound section of the highway and diverted traffic off Walnut Street, Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesperson Jacquelyn Goddard tweeted around 5 a.m. Abigail Feldman,, "Two killed in wrong-way crash on Route 1 in Saugus on Saturday morning," 31 Aug. 2019 Leaving the Lost Coast northbound saves one of the best adventure drives for last when, past Petrolia, two-lane Mattole Road links to the coast again and follows an undeveloped stretch. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "On California’s Lost Coast: Sea Lions, Surf and Squiggly Roads," 31 Aug. 2019 However, the driver failed to pull over and sped northbound on White Avenue. Los Angeles Times, "Two drivers killed as police pursuit ends in violent crash in La Verne," 30 Aug. 2019 Aircraft leaving Hollywood Burbank used to leave the airport from the south and make their northbound turns near the freeway. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Joint task force on air traffic noise takes flight," 30 Aug. 2019 Drivers are urged to use southbound M-10 (the Lodge freeway) to eastbound 8 Mile Road to northbound I-75 to eastbound I-696 as a detour. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Eastbound I-696 in Southfield closed for hours due to crash involving semi," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of northbound

1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of northbound

: going or heading north


north·​bound | \ ˈnȯrth-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce northbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of northbound

: going north a northbound train

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