structures, as roads, dams, or post offices, paid for by government funds for public use.
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How to use public works in a sentence
Nearly a year and a half later, the sprung structure tent sits unused at a public works facility.Chula Vista to Foundation: Nah, You Can Keep Your Homeless Shelter Tent | Lisa Halverstadt | October 8, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
In Pierce County, Washington, public works crews used sand and water trucks to control temperatures on the roads.Five ways the Pacific Northwest heatwave is breaking cities’ infrastructure | Camille Squires | June 30, 2021 | Quartz
Before the city made cuts to its public works staffing, those requests took seven working days.Lemon Grove Once Again Facing Bitter Choices Over Its Future | Bella Ross | January 8, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Greens also were less than enthusiastic about new massive public works.
By April 17, Warhol had written a letter to the Department of public works authorizing that the mural be painted over.The Most Wanted Warhol: A Scandal at the 1964 World’s Fair | Jessica Dawson | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Affordable Care Act is the single most important public works program of the Obama administration.
The public works Administration was a centerpiece of the New Deal.
On July 8, 1933, Ickes was named to the post of Federal Emergency Administrator of public works.
These assets do not include new legislative buildings or other public works.
The labourers on the public works were paid from one shilling to one shilling and sixpence per day.
The Roman Catholic chapels, and the ways of access to them, were also treated as "public works."
By donations for public works, and "general presentments," Sir Robert Peel also prepared for the coming disaster.
In the process of time, the State failed to procure money to carry on the public works.
British Dictionary definitions for public works
engineering projects and other constructions, financed and undertaken by a government for the community
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Cultural definitions for public works
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