road·​way | \ ˈrōd-ˌwā How to pronounce roadway (audio) \

Definition of roadway

1a : the strip of land over which a road passes
b : road specifically : roadbed sense 2b
2 : the part of a bridge used by vehicles

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Examples of roadway in a Sentence

Police cleared the roadway for the parade. a cow wandered into the roadway

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The road crews are working hard to cut away a mountain that had a habit of spilling boulders on the roadway. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what to expect on the road to Haines, by the numbers," 19 May 2018 The project includes removing the top layers of old pavement and applying an overlay of high quality rubberized asphalt that will add durability to the roadway and create a smoother ride for motorists, reported Caltrans. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 Drivers honked horns in support as protesters marched on the pedestrian walkway that's suspended above the Brooklyn Bridge roadway. Michael R. Sisak And Julie Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "New York protesters face the heat to decry ICE practices," 2 July 2018 There was a raccoon scurrying aimlessly through the roadway with its head trapped inside a peanut butter jar, body camera video shows. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 June 2018 The South Dakota Department of Transportation issued no-travel advisories Thursday for many of the roadways in the state. Jake Holland, WSJ, "Heavy Snow in the Plains in April: A Rancher’s Struggle," 11 Apr. 2019 Don't set off fireworks at a school or other public places, including a roadway. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Fireworks tips for 4th of July festivities," 3 July 2018 Those nations may not enforce the same weight regulations, but their roadways would not accommodate or survive HETs carrying 60-ton tanks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Roads Could Win or Lose a War With Russia," 23 July 2018 Her organization has paid for 15 to 20 billboards along I-70 and U.S. 50 urging the state to upgrade its roadways. Allison Kite, kansascity, "‘I-70 is a nightmare.’ Missouri Influencers weigh in on state‘s infrastructure woes," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of roadway

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of roadway was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of roadway

: the part of a road that is used by vehicles


road·​way | \ ˈrōd-ˌwā How to pronounce roadway (audio) \

Kids Definition of roadway

: the part of a road used by vehicles

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