barrow pit

noun Western U.S.
a roadside borrow pit dug for drainage purposes.
Also called bar pit, bar ditch.

apparently in reference to the mound of earth dug from the pit (see barrow2); variants with bar perhaps from regional pronunciation of barrow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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There are concerns with grade, and with water pooling in the barrow pit.
None of the roads have a barrow pit on the downhill side of the road.
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