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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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 Sperling, 71, formerly CEO of Seattle real-estate investment firm Unico Properties, came up with the idea while biking to work past people living in cardboard boxes under the viaduct. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘We need to break some rules’ to fix Seattle’s homelessness crisis," 2 June 2018 One lane of the many-laned viaduct is closed each way. David Porter, Fox News, "NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts," 21 Aug. 2018 Last year, activists and homeless protesters briefly halted traffic on Lake Shore Drive to protest the city’s decision to clear viaducts in Uptown. Elvia Malagon,, "Anti-violence protesters to shut down Dan Ryan expressway Saturday: 5 things to know," 6 July 2018 The Ponte Morandi bridge is already a scary drive on a good day, with traffic coming in hard and fast through a viaduct, rising some 300 feet above a railway line, a riverbed, and an industrial portion of the port city of Genoa. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Genoa's Ponte Morandi Bridge Collapses, Killing 22," 14 Aug. 2018 For the viaduct project, one lane each way will be closed for the next 2½ years, 24 hours per day. David Porter, Fox News, "NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts," 21 Aug. 2018 Around her, other volunteers helped paint over graffiti, lay mulch and plant daffodils and hostas to brighten a section of the busy artery that runs under the I-84 viaduct. Rebecca Lurye,, "Volunteers Brighten A Dark Corner Of Hartford Roadway," 5 May 2018 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

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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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