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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In 2016, for example, Raimondo signed the RhodeWorks program into law, launching a 10-year plan to do $4.7 billion in bridge and roadwork. Edward Fitzpatrick,, "Rhode Island drops to last place in CNBC ranking of top states for business," 10 July 2019 Money also will go to roadwork and coastal protection., "St. Charles Parish School Board approves raises for full-time employees," 20 June 2019 Like many boxers, the 130-pound fighter endures grueling roadwork in the wee hours of the morning. Manouk Akopyan,, "Andrew Cancio balances world championship boxing and a SoCal Gas job. It’s not easy," 20 June 2019 Amanda Hart, one of the elders at the British Druid Organisation, says the roadworks would massively affect the celebrations, and could result in people moving them to a different site, such as the Neolithic henge in neighboring Avebury. Julia Webster, Time, "Stonehenge Has Attracted Summer Solstice Visitors for Centuries, But Some Historians Worry About Its Future," 20 June 2019 The city will also add streetlights; relocate underground utility lines; and restore any gates, walls, fencing or landscaping impacted by roadwork. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Roadwork paves way for Intel's massive Fab 42 campus in Chandler," 17 June 2019 The roadwork is expected to begin by the end of the yearand be completed next spring. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Roadwork paves way for Intel's massive Fab 42 campus in Chandler," 17 June 2019 Opting out means a project moves to the bottom of the list, delaying roadwork for decades. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Looking to opt out of street work? In St. Paul, you may be out of luck," 11 June 2019 Phillips said the roadwork should be completed by Oct. 31 and shouldn’t affect access to Walden Elementary School. Steve Sadin,, "What you need to know to navigate the $7 million construction season underway in Deerfield," 7 June 2019

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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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