road·work | \ˈrōd-ˌwərk \

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.

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But before the roadwork can be done, the water main on Park must first be replaced. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange approves final funding for Metra station enhancement project," 28 June 2018 The $180-million-plus project, including roadwork, was built as a stand-alone system, although bike share stations as well as bus and People Mover stops are nearby, through a mix of foundation, private and public money. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "We rode Detroit's QLINE after 1 year: What's different," 11 May 2018 Southbound Lilly Road traffic should take the inverse route (Mill to Pilgrim to Silver Spring) to circumvent the roadwork. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's a list of summer road construction projects in Menomonee Falls and how to avoid them," 26 June 2018 Caltrans officials say the main roadwork will start later this summer, and may take two full years to finish. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This Yolo road's like a country song. It's seen heartache and woe. Now, for some love," 9 July 2018 The Illinois Department of Transportation said some lanes in work zones will be reopened to minimize disruption, and nonemergency roadwork will be suspended from 3 p.m. Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Tessa Weinberg,, "Want to avoid road rage this Fourth of July week? Try to avoid Tuesday's afternoon rush hour," 2 July 2018 Once the highway reopens, there could still be intermittent weekday lane closures and roadwork for several months to finalize repairs, according to Caltrans. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Pacific Coast Highway south of Big Sur to reopen by end of July, officials say," 13 June 2018 But the bill does not guarantee that any savings realized by the companies will be passed along in their roadwork bids, and no study is required to see if that happens. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "A special session for special interests?," 25 Mar. 2018 What’s going on with all that roadwork across the region, from Kent to Seattle to Mercer Island? Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "We go inside Amazon’s warehouse world, plus Kam Chancellor retires from the NFL | Monday Morning Brief, July 2," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of roadwork

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of roadwork

: work that is done to build or repair roads

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