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 One thing that’s still the same: the pace of roadwork. Lisa Salinas, Dallas News, "Rainbow crosswalks crop up on quiet Cedar Springs," 13 May 2020 For example, CenturyLink took advantage of roadwork being done on Cottonwood Pass to lay fiber that will help improve service to Crested Butte and Buena Vista. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Tired of waiting for broadband, rural communities are tapping grants, partnerships to get modern internet," 30 Dec. 2019 The average rush-hour speed on the B.Q.E. has dropped to 25 miles per hour, owing to an increase in traffic or roadwork, or both. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Why Driving in New York City Now Feels ‘Post-Apocalyptic’," 17 May 2020 In contrast to that event, commuters won’t be completely blocked by the roadwork, which is expected to begin April 20. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Glenn Highway work at Eagle River this year expected to fuel ‘Carzilla’," 3 Mar. 2020 The city will try to have the freeway ramps completed by 2022 and to tackle additional roadwork, including the widening of Miller. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville delays vote on Sherwin-Williams tax incentives, development agreement to March 17," 3 Mar. 2020 Editor’s note: This story will be updated regularly with roadwork, traffic and construction news. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Driving around Plano? Here are the road projects you should know about," 24 Feb. 2020 Also in Vancouver, be aware of roadwork on the shoulder and some intermittent lane closures on the westbound SR 500 ramp to I-5 southbound from 11 a.m. through the evening for electrical work. oregonlive, "Portland metro Wednesday traffic: I-5 south ramp to 405 closes for night work," 12 Feb. 2020 Multiple lanes on the bridge will be closed for roadwork on I-71/75, according to a notice from the Traffic Response and Incident Management Assisting the River Cities. Madeline Mitchell,, "Saturday night roadwork: Lanes closed, delays expected on Brent Spence Bridge," 4 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of roadwork

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Roadwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of roadwork

US : work that is done to build or repair roads

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