rumble strip


Definition of rumble strip

: a strip of corrugated pavement (as along the edge of a highway) that causes rumbling and vibration when driven over

Examples of rumble strip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lobbying Lineup Five groups that lobbied on House Bill 51, which would require the Ohio Department of Transportation to install center-line rumble strips on all two-lane highways with a speed limit of at least 45 miles per hour. cleveland, "Bill to protect LGBTQ Ohioans stalls, despite widespread support: Capitol Letter," 6 Jan. 2020 In addition to paving, the project includes installation of rumble strips and permanent striping. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday traffic: Second westbound lane opens on damaged Going Street Bridge," 16 Sep. 2019 The state has denied prior requests for a roundabout, although the SHA has constructed left-turn only lanes and installed rumble strips along Route 23, The Aegis reported at the time. David Anderson,, "Church proposed for Grafton Shop Road and Route 23 in Forest Hill draws concerns about traffic crashes," 9 Dec. 2019 The Federal Highway Administration says rumble strips have reduced rural two-lane road crashes by about 45% nationwide. USA TODAY, "‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states," 29 Oct. 2019 Two lanes will be closed for striping and installing rumble strips. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Downed trees block streets in southwest neighborhoods," 29 Oct. 2019 New traffic safety features were added, includingguardrails and centerline rumble strips to keep drivers from drifting into oncoming traffic. Washington Post, "Rebuilt Beach Drive to reopen Friday," 25 Sep. 2019 Perhaps Caltrans could add rumble strips, bumps or tables periodically to keep speed in check. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Water leak on Highway 101 getting fixed Monday: Roadshow," 25 Aug. 2019 The musical notes are created by a set of grooves that vibrate the car wheels like a rumble strip. Trevor Cox, National Geographic, "15 musical wonders to see—and hear," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of rumble strip

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rumble strip was in 1957

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“Rumble strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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rumble strip


English Language Learners Definition of rumble strip

: a set of grooves along the edge of a highway or across a road that cause noise and shaking when they are driven over and that are used to warn drivers that they need to slow down or are too close to the edge of the road

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