road·​work | \ ˈrōd-ˌwərk How to pronounce roadwork (audio) \

Definition of roadwork

1 : work done in constructing or repairing roads
2 : conditioning for an athletic contest (such as a boxing match) consisting mainly of long runs

Examples of roadwork in a Sentence

The roadwork caused a backup in traffic.
Recent Examples on the Web Dry weather should allow traffic to move smoothly throughout the weekend, but expect temporary hangups related to a couple of afternoon Atlanta Braves home games and the metro area’s many roadwork projects. Henri Hollis, ajc, 22 May 2021 In terms of traffic this weekend, there will be plenty of roadwork around town as well as a home Atlanta United game Saturday evening. Henri Hollis, ajc, 15 May 2021 Asphalt from recent roadwork was sticking to tires as drivers trekked down the roadway. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 3 May 2021 The years-long construction project, projected to cost north of $300 million when it was announced and is paid for mainly through bonds from the Ohio Turnpike Commission, is slated to have most major roadwork finished by late 2021. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 Local volunteer work: La Grange Park Zoning Board of Appeals for 10 years; worked on campaign to pass bond referendums in 2016 to fund roadwork and fire equipment. Kimberly Fornek,, 17 Mar. 2021 The work will include new restrooms, pavilions, RV sites, roadwork, water access points and trails. al, 12 Apr. 2021 CalTrans workers found a woman’s body near the section of Highway 1 in Big Sur that was washed away in January during a heavy winter storm, temporarily pausing repairs and roadwork in the area, officials said. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Mar. 2021 The problems began when the county did roadwork on Lannon Road in 2004, according to the suit. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of roadwork

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roadwork was in 1755

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8 Jun 2021

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“Roadwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadwork

US : work that is done to build or repair roads


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