thru·​way | \ˈthrü-ˌwā \
variants: or less commonly throughway

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the New York State Thruway we took back roads on the way out, and the thruway on the way back

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On the Road Though local streets are the most common type of road in the U.S., bigger thruways with higher speed limits tend to be more deadly for cyclists. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "The Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle in America," 25 Sep. 2018 Down bridle paths, ancient roads, walkways and thruways. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 The plan also would close 15th Street, a main thruway in North Philadelphia, between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue. Julia Terruso,, "North Philadelphia neighbors to Temple University: Hear us out on football stadium," 1 Feb. 2018 Drivers are urged to avoid the thruway and use local streets. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Dozens of vehicles involved in massive pileup near Buffalo, New York," 2 Jan. 2018 In March 2016, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia — three of the thruways between Greece and coveted asylum destinations in northern Europe — announced that their borders had been closed. Isaac Stanley-becker, Washington Post, "The refugee crisis once threatened to sink Angela Merkel’s career. How did the German chancellor weather the storm?," 21 Sep. 2017 The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the thruway authority failed to maintain adequate support around the bridge piers, which allowed severe erosion around the column footings. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Texas has 53,488 bridges. Here's the toll Harvey is expected to take on those," 30 Aug. 2017 Early on, as the war shifted and metastasized, roads became lifelines between different territories, crucial thruways of communication and control. Caelainn Hogan, New York Times, "Braving Cancer Amid the Chaos of Syria," 8 Aug. 2017 The proposal grew from complaints from area businesses that the two major thruways were not friendly to cyclists and people on foot. Jason Laughlin,, "Transportation advocate's death revives debate over redesign for Market Street, JFK," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of thruway

1930, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of thruway

: a large highway that can be entered and left only at certain places


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