road·​work ˈrōd-ˌwərk How to pronounce roadwork (audio)
: work done in constructing or repairing roads
: 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 If it were approved, Alabama would join a number of states with transportation commissions that are responsible for the programming and allocation of public funds for roadwork. John Sharp | , al, 8 Apr. 2023 Pardon our dust The construction, roadwork and closures associated with staging the Las Vegas Grand Prix took months and were no small inconvenience to the community. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 On the heels of its appearance at the Power Trip festival on the Coachella grounds in Indio, Ca., last weekend, GNR is winding down its 2023 roadwork with west coast shows through Nov. 1-2 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 15 Oct. 2023 As of January, the company knew of just two tortoises killed — one that may have been hit by a car, and another that may have been entombed in its burrow by roadwork, then eaten by a kit fox. Sammy Roth, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2023 The map there shows active roadwork, weather alerts, current traffic flows and more. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 28 June 2023 Pearl Jam returns to Fort Worth on Friday and wraps its 2023 roadwork on Sept. 19 in Austin, Tx. Jonathan Cohen, Spin, 14 Sep. 2023 The divided General Assembly passed a compromise state budget Wednesday that would offer nearly $4 billion in tax relief, increase pay for teachers and other public employees, boost K-12 education spending, and fund a wide range of projects from roadwork to school construction. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 Lede reporter Heather Gann continued detailing the county’s many roadwork projects. Nick Patterson, al, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roadwork was in 1755

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“Roadwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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