via·duct | \ˈvī-ə-ˌdəkt \

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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But first the 17-year-old Messmer High School student walked across the 16th Street viaduct, the flashpoint of Milwaukee's civil rights marches for open housing. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area students start civil rights pilgrimage with journey across 16th Street viaduct," 6 May 2018 Last year, activists and homeless protesters briefly halted traffic on Lake Shore Drive to protest the city’s decision to clear areas beneath viaducts in Uptown. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Anti-violence march on northbound lanes of Dan Ryan Expressway set to start at 10 a.m.," 7 July 2018 Reinforcing the steel could extend the life of the viaduct by 75 years, state transportation officials said. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "For New Jersey Commuters, a Sequel to the ‘Summer of Hell’," 5 June 2018 The River Market is a quick drive up a viaduct that leads to Grand Boulevard, or a short walk across the Town of Kansas bridge. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Pickleball, saltwater pool, dog park? Tour KC's new riverfront luxury apartments | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Originally built as a family home and photography studio, this 1,600-square-foot residence occupies the infill plot sitting under a 19th-century viaduct with still-active trains running above it. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sculptural steel home built into a 19th-century railway bridge wants $1.4M," 9 July 2018 Compounding the danger was the fact that a short distance downstream, Keith Creek enters an underground viaduct and does not re-emerge for several hundred yards. Matthew Walberg,, "Dramatic rescue in Rockford flood: 'We didn't give him a chance to decide'," 19 June 2018 Part of a 109-car BNSF Railway freight train derailed along a viaduct and embankment at River and Third streets on the city’s near West Side. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "More, longer trains pose concern for suburban leaders after Aurora derailment," 1 June 2018 Back in the 80s, those early graffiti writers would meet at the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square for sketch sessions and then hop blue line trains to write on viaducts and in tunnels. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Hip-Hop / Visual Art Is Logan Square's graffiti permission wall in danger?," 14 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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