Australian Road Names
This forms part of Australian Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.
Road Name & Number
Where a road exhibits both a road number and name, the following convention should be used:
Examples: 1. M3: Eastern Fwy 2. M1: Monash Fwy
This gives both a consistent appearance and allows a straightforward identification of the road type.
Adding the semicolon ":" will make the TTS wait 0.5 seconds before saying the road name. This will make the TTS better to understand.
The same can also be said for adding the direction of travel on single/dual carriageways with a lettered designation
<Number>":" <Name> <Direction>
Examples: 1. M3: Eastern Fwy (Outbound) 2. M1: Monash Fwy (Inbound)
The following suffix abbreviations should be used at the end of a road's name to conserve screen space.
The following convention is the recommended way to label road types in Australia. Note that judgement and discretion may be necessary sometimes, especially as some states have been slow in implementing the new national alphanumberic system. In addition, some road types in Australia have one one designated type or name, but may use the road sign from another classification. When there is conflict between the shield used and the road name, it is best to label the road type using the road type description used below, ignoring the referencing to commonly used signs.
|Waze Road Type||Australian Road Types||Road Shield Examples|
|Freeway||Freeway, motorway, expressway and tollway. There must be no intersections and there must be no access or exits except from ramps. Usually designated by a gold-on-green alphanumeric road number designation that begins with the letter "M", or by a road number inside a hexagonal blue-on-white sign.|
|Major Highway||National highways. Usually designated by gold-on-green shields with the word "National" written at the top. May contain alphanumeric numbering with the letter "A" at the start of the number, or may just use a number. Also referred to as primary routes.|
|Minor Highway||State highways or State Roads. Usually designated by a numbered white-on-blue bullet sign, or by a gold-on-green alphanumeric designation starting with the letter "B". Also referred to as secondary routes.|
|Primary Street||Main Roads, Regional Roads or Tourist Drives connecting suburbs and towns that are not classified as highways. May be designated as "C" or "D" roads in some states. Also referred to as tertiary routes.|
|Streets||Urban streets and rural roads not identified above.|
The following convention should be followed where possible, although it is acknowledged that you may need to deviate from it in some circumstances.
A road can be split into be 2 one-way roads if any of the following conditions are met:
- The central reservation is > 5m
- There's a visible gap between average of all GPS traces
- It is split by physical barrier (Concrete, Armco, pedestrian barrier etc)
Pedestrian refuges and painted road separation (cross hatching that can be driven over) should not normally be split.
Motorway Carriageway Naming Convention
Whenever possible, on split roads, name carriageways with the direction of travel. Insert the direction of travel at the end of the road name:
Examples: 1. M3 Eastern Fwy (Inbound) 2. A4 (W) 3. M25 (ACW)
This makes traffic and incident reports much more useful and helps with navigation.
Exit ramps and Entrance ramps (on-ramps)
For the best balance between information and screen real estate, the following convention should be used for the ramp road type:
Exit ramps and Entrance ramps are to be set as Ramp road type. The name of the ramp should match the exit or entrance signage as closely as possible. Minimal disparity between sign and instruction is our goal. If done properly, the driver will not have to struggle to compare Waze's on-screen or verbal instructions with what he or she sees in real life on the road.
- If the exit sign shows a number as well as a street or highway name, the exit ramp should be named "Exit 24: Schwarzenegger Rd".
- A colon has been added because it adds a pause, making Text-to-Speech directions easier to understand.
- If the exit is not numbered, "Exit to Kindergarten Ct" will do.
- If a single exit serves multiple roads, use a slash with leading and trailing spaces: "Exit 32: Terminator Blvd / Total Recall Rd".
- If an exit number contains one or more letters, include it exactly as displayed on the sign: "Exit 33B: Running Man St", or "Exits 35C-B-A: Junior Dr / Twins Ave / Jingle Allthe Way". *NEW*
- Include everything that is present on the last sign prior to the exit. Do not combine all possible pre-ramp signage into the single ramp segment name.
- If the exit off the main interstate or highway serves multiple exits further down the road, it may be advisable not to name the first exit ramp, to name only the ramps which are the first one to a distinct destination. The Waze client will give all the proper exit and keep left or right instructions to guide the driver to the correct exit, even if the first one is not named. That said, this should only be done if the signage for the first ramp is the same as that on the subsequent, named ramp.
For entrance ramps, use this format: "to [street name] [direction] / [control city]", where applicable. For example,
- "to I-10 W / Baton Rouge"
- "to Clearview Pkwy N / Mandeville"
- "to US Hwy 90 Bus W"
- "to LA-1 Thibodaux / Lockport" *NEW*
- Similar to combined exit ramps, when multiple on-ramps combine before merging into the main interstate or highway, it is advised to name the last common ramp with the conventions listed above. This will usually be the last ramp which is the one which actually joins the main interstate or highway.
- Using "Ramp to", "West", "WB", and "Westbound" should be avoided as "WB" is pronounced "double-you bee" and not 'westbound.' Further, the "to" will be automatically omitted from Text-to-Speech instructions. Do not omit the word "to", because this could cause confusion with, say, the "Select entire street" function.
- State highways: When naming ramps and exits that lead to state highways, local naming should be used. This will maximize the clarity of navigation prompts for the majority of users in a given area. *NEW* For example,
- Similar to exit ramps, put multiple destination information, even from multiple signage, onto the single on-ramp name. Major destinations or highways/interstates can be included, but don't go crazy and add every possible town and city in that direction. "to US Hwy 90 Bus W to I-10 W Miss River Br / Baton Rouge" is fine.
<Exit Number> (":' <Adjoining Road>)
Examples: 1. Exit 54: Stevens Rd 2. Exit 2: Domain Rd
“Entry to:” <Road Number> (<Direction>)
Examples: 1. Entry to: M54 (E) 2. Entry to: M1 (Outbound)
- Fields marked in parenthesis (<field>) are optional.
- Onward roads should only added if they are shown on road signage as this is an aide to the driver to confirm they have the correct exit [Hint: look on streetview]
- Roads with clockwise or anticlockwise directions should have have ramp directions taken from signage [Hint: look on streetview]
When naming/numbering junctions, particularly on motorways, please ensure the landmark is kept tight to the road system to ensure a tidy transfer to the client. The "snap-to" feature when adding landmarks via Papyrus should make this process easier!
Large, freehand rectangles should be avoided...
To aid navigation instructions, roundabouts should typically remain unnamed - where the client comes across a segment with no name it will use the next named segment as the next named instruction whilst retaining any turn signals.
If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a 'Junction/Intersection' type landmark that fills the centre of the roundabout.
- For further advice, see Editing Junctions and Roundabouts
Motorway Service Area's
Motorway Service Area's (MSA) should be mapped according to the following convention:
- Use "Ramps" on and off the motorway labelled as detailed in the Ramps section of the wiki.
- Use "Streets" for all through roads (linking the ramps).
- Use "Parking Lot Road" for Parking areas.
- Use "Service Road" for Petrol Station forecourts.
- Use "Private Road" for limited access roads (with no public right of way). Ensure that they are set to unknown connectivity, turn restrictions are set so that no-one can turn into the road and the segment(s) and connecting segments are locked to enforce the turn restrictions.
- Do not add a City or Street name to any road with the exception of the ramps.
- Set landmarks for the major buildings on site (i.e. Services Building, Fuel and Hotels etc).
For more information on how junction locking works in Waze see the forum thread: Modifying the lock option (and some explanations)
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