south·​bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce southbound (audio) \

Definition of southbound

: traveling or heading south

Examples of southbound in a Sentence

The southbound lanes are closed to traffic.

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Additionally, all southbound lanes of I-405 will be closed between I-5 at the north end of the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge., "Portland metro Friday traffic: Area streets and bridges close Sunday for Bridge Pedal," 9 Aug. 2019 The shooting took place around 5:20 p.m. on the southbound lane of the highway, also known as North Shore Road. Adam Sennott,, "Person suffers life-threatening injuries in Revere shooting; Route 1A reopened to traffic," 2 Aug. 2019 First a two-door car struck an adult male in southbound lanes of traffic, police said. Daily Pilot, "Pedestrian struck by two vehicles remains in critical condition," 31 July 2019 There also will be a full closure on Main Street between Santa Clara Avenue and Main Place Drive, partial closures on southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway between Gene Autry Way and Main Street, and various on- and offramp closures. Los Angeles Times, "Thinking of traveling on the 60 Freeway this weekend? Find another route," 26 July 2019 When police arrived, a silver Chevy Equinox sped away after being parked in the southbound lane of the street. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Eight men shot, one fatally, overnight in Baltimore, police say," 25 July 2019 The work will include: Extending two southbound lanes on MLK Jr. Drive to East 88th Street (south of the Norfolk Southern railroad overpass). Robert Higgs,, "Construction work slated for sole I-90 shoreway interchange with direct link to University Circle," 12 July 2019 Delays were easing by 11 a.m. following an earlier crash that was blocking four southbound lanes of Interstate 95 through Boca Raton. Doug Phillips,, "All lanes reopened on I-95 crash near Palmetto Park Road," 27 June 2019 Overnight, police shut down southbound lanes of the highway at I-74 to canvas for evidence. Cameron Knight,, "Shooting on I-75: Police said it's 'not a random situation'," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of southbound

1655, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of southbound

: going or heading south


south·​bound | \ ˈsau̇th-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce southbound (audio) \

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: going south a southbound train

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