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.

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Here's a list of the major roadwork, and detours around it, happening in Menomonee Falls for the next several weeks. 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 The roadwork also revealed several other tombs nearby, as well as an ancient theater and a row of columns. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 The westbound lanes of Highway 16 will temporarily close the evening of Friday, July 13, at southbound Highway P (Sawyer Road), as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation completes roadwork in the area. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Work on Highway 16 will close westbound lanes near Sawyer Road this weekend," 10 July 2018 And that’s not all the fun: Weekend roadwork also will close Highway 2 westbound from Lake Stevens to Everett, and lanes of I-90 between Issaquah and Snoqualmie Pass. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Puffins are a dwindling treasure in Cannon Beach, plus Costco fans try to #SaveThePolishDog | Thursday Morning Brief, July 12," 12 July 2018 Additionally, a mysterious sphinx, was discovered during roadwork in the Egyptian city of Luxor. James Rogers, Fox News, "'Cursed' ancient Egyptian sarcophagus reveals its grisly secrets," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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

US : work that is done to build or repair roads

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