south·​bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of southbound

: traveling or heading south

Examples of southbound in a Sentence

The southbound lanes are closed to traffic.

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After travelling about 10 miles, Scott made a U-turn onto the southbound side of the highway, where police intercepted the vehicle and used a spike strip to blow out its tires. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "California woman allegedly steals ambulance, leads police on high speed chase," 15 Aug. 2018 But the southbound ramp from westbound I-94 is finally reopening just in time for Summerfest. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Zoo Interchange: the 3-year closure of I-894 south from I-94 westbound is about to end," 21 June 2018 The project will include adding a northbound exit ramp off Interstate 77 at Miller Road and a southbound freeway entrance ramp at Miller. Bob Sandrick,, "Brecksville City Council approves agreement with Independence firm to redevelop former Veterans Affairs hospital property," 13 Mar. 2018 The following Cincinnati area roads will likely remain closed for the remainder of the week: The southbound ramp to I-75 northbound in the Lockland area is closed. Bob Strickley,, "Cincinnati road closures: Latest updates as flooding persists," 23 Feb. 2018 Four people were injured and drivers faced delays on Interstate 5 near Lacey on Wednesday after a crash involving four large trucks blocked all southbound lanes in the area. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Southbound I-5 near Lacey reopens after four-truck pileup," 12 Dec. 2018 Bike lanes on 11th Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Avenue Northeast would handle northbound and southbound bike commuters. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 The woman who died was a passenger in the southbound car. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Oregon woman killed in I-5 collision near Arlington caused by wrong-way driver," 2 July 2018 Northbound traffic will move onto temporary lanes at Pettit Creek, and southbound traffic will move over to the northbound lanes, to accommodate the demolition of the southbound bridge, GDOT says. David Ibata, ajc, "GDOT sets U.S. 41 traffic shift in Cartersville," 8 June 2018

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1655, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of southbound

: going or heading south


south·​bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd \

Kids Definition of southbound

: going south a southbound train

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