via·​duct | \ ˈvī-ə-ˌdəkt How to pronounce viaduct (audio) \

Definition of viaduct

: a long elevated roadway usually consisting of a series of short spans supported on arches, piers, or columns

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On Friday, Demacio Bailey, now 19, testified that two guys in the viaduct grabbed him and his brother by their pants pockets. Megan Crepeau,, "Mom hurries from courtroom as prosecutors show graphic photos of son's homicide scene," 22 May 2018 There are plans for yet another brewery (Triple Bottom) at 915 Spring Garden in the former Reading Railroad Building, which directly abuts the viaduct portion of the Rail Park (which has yet to be built). Michael Klein,, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Then, a few weeks ago, Ray found out the viaduct was to be closed and torn down. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless," 13 Jan. 2019 Also called the East Avenue Bridge, the viaduct opened in 1938. New York Times, "In Erie, One City Block Is a Trek of Disrespect," 12 Mar. 2018 The viaduct was connected to the Battery Street Tunnel a year later. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 The viaduct is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. David Porter, Fox News, "NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts," 21 Aug. 2018 The viaduct was built in the 1890s to carry passengers and freight to Center City, but after ceasing operations in 1984, it was left to deteriorate. Grace Dickinson,, "Rail Park, Farm for the City open in Philly after much anticipation," 14 June 2018 Their route took them under the blocklong viaduct along 63rd Street near State Street. Paige Fry,, "3 given lengthy prison terms for killing twin brother under South Side viaduct," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of viaduct

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viaduct

Latin via way, road + English aqueduct

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English Language Learners Definition of viaduct

: a long, high bridge that carries a road or railroad over something (such as a valley)


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Kids Definition of viaduct

: a bridge for carrying a road or railroad over something (as a gorge or highway)

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