un·​der·​pass | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpas How to pronounce underpass (audio) \

Definition of underpass

: a crossing of a highway and another way (such as a road or railroad) at different levels also : the lower level of such a crossing

Examples of underpass in a Sentence

We stood on the bridge and looked down at the underpass.

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At Hidden Beach, a new underpass was constructed that routes the parkway to the west side of the road. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Lake Tahoe loop trail inches closer to completion," 12 July 2019 Local communities, like Boulder, Broomfield, Arvada and Westminster, agreed to provide matching funds for a $2.9 million federal grant to build the bridge and underpass, but only if additional soil samples were taken. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Trail plans prompt first soil samples in 13 years at Rocky Flats," 2 July 2019 One $30 million project in Bridgeview, completed in 2013, created an underpass on 71st Street near Toyota Park under tracks that carry 80 freight trains each day. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "$19M federal grant slated to improve rail crossings," 12 June 2019 Along with adding lanes, the project will include construction of a pedestrian underpass at Colvin Run Mill Park to improve access to the park. Washington Post, "Route 7 widening project aims to deliver some relief for commuters," 15 June 2019 Customisable male and female characters are available to select for encounters set across the globe, with an Amsterdam underpass, a cage in London and a Tokyo rooftop amongst the intriguing new settings to choose from. SI.com, "FIFA 20: New Game to Include Exciting 'Volta Football' Mo Reminiscent of FIFA Street," 8 June 2019 Three blocks to the east was an underpass encampment that often has more than a dozen tents. Nita Lelyveld, latimes.com, "Homelessness crisis makes us ashamed and angry — at our leaders, and ourselves," 6 June 2019 The state will build a pedestrian underpass for the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, a 53-mile recreational path used heavily by bicyclists and joggers from Waukesha to near Madison. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The $50 million West Waukesha Bypass project will (finally) be complete this fall, DOT says," 4 June 2019 Chris, meanwhile, lives and works in Seattle — where tents are pitched on street corners and beneath underpasses, constant evidence of a homeless crisis staining his second home. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After his family lost their house, Seahawks’ Chris Carson vows to fight homelessness in Seattle," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of underpass

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underpass was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of underpass

: a place where a road or railroad crosses under another road or railroad


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Kids Definition of underpass

: a road or passage that runs under something (as another road)

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