road·​bed | \ ˈrōd-ˌbed How to pronounce roadbed (audio) \

Definition of roadbed

1a : the bed on which the ties, rails, and ballast of a railroad rest
b : the ballast or the upper surface of the ballast on which the ties rest
2a : the earth foundation of a road prepared for surfacing
b : the part of the surface of a road traveled by vehicles

Examples of roadbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 40-minute train ride takes visitors along the shores of Mott Lake, a stretch of the historic Pere Marquette roadbed and then back into the heart of Crossroads Village. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 After the storm, a $30-million emergency contract was established between Caltrans and Ames Construction to replace storm drains, rebuild slopes and roadbeds, repave roads and reinstall guardrails and signage, officials said. Alexa Díaz,, "Damaged by storms, a major highway to Idyllwild is closed for the summer," 27 June 2019 One sprayed a sticky black goo on the naked roadbed. John Kelly, Washington Post, "From potholes to perfect pavement: My neighborhood has lovely new streets," 24 June 2018 Nowhere have the challenges been steeper than Big Thompson Canyon, where floodwaters scoured away not only pavements and guardrails but roadbeds and subsurface geology, effectively leaving sections of highway unsound and unsafe. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Colorado Charts a New Path Away from Floodwaters," 25 May 2018 Among the upgrades, the state added board insulation for more than 50 miles beneath the roadbed, similar to the solid panels used to insulate houses, said Michael Lund, construction manager for the Dalton work. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Pricey projects loom for Alaska as erosion threatens runways, roads and more," 9 Mar. 2018 The state beefed up construction plans already underway so the highway could survive future flooding and to fight the thawing of permafrost beneath the roadbed. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Pricey projects loom for Alaska as erosion threatens runways, roads and more," 9 Mar. 2018 Officials fear the ill-famed nutria — which resembles a large rat but prefers wetter, rural environments — could bring havoc to farmland, canals, roadbeds and natural wetlands. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nutria crackdown: California looks to eradicate ruinous rodent before it tears up state," 9 Feb. 2018 This could result in the juveniles being too tired to think up mischief roadbed for road construction and the desire to never get stuck in juvenile court again. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Westlake teachers and Board of Education come to agreement on new contract," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of roadbed

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Roadbed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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