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 Drivers will be detoured to the frontage road, according to Emily Black, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation, which is heading up the roadwork through a contractor. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 10 June 2022 The highway administration has been working with jurisdictions to inform motorists about emergency roadwork and suggest alternative routes. Justin George, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 In 1982, roadwork accidentally unearthed stunning Late Antique mosaics dating back to the fourth through sixth centuries. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022 Mayor Jerome Prince said the city has managed to find an additional $3 million this year for roadwork in addition to the approximately $2 million spent each year from the motor vehicle highway fund. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Orange cones and metal signs indicated stretches of roadwork. Brooke Warren, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2020 The city is planning extensive roadwork improvements around the Freedom Center site, where Tribune Publishing’s printing plant would be supplanted by the entertainment complex. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Dredging, aquaculture operations and coastal bridge and roadwork could also fall under its provisions. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 The feature won’t just benefit drivers approaching an accident or roadwork scene but also first responders. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Roadwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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