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We observe the following minimum lock levels for Waze road types:
We observe the following minimum lock levels for Waze road types:
{{Locking Standard|title=Statewide|Fwy=5|Ramp=5|MH=5||title2=Mature Areas Only|Fwy2=5|Ramp2=5|MH2=5|mH2=3|PS2=2|Street2=1}}
{{Locking Standard|title=Mature areas|Fwy=5|Ramp=5|MH=5|mH=3|PS=2|Street=1|title2=Non-mature areas|Fwy2=5|Ramp2=5|MH2=5|mH2=1|PS2=1|Street2=1}}
Note that Freeways, Ramps, and Major Highways should be locked to these levels statewide; Minor Highways and Primary Streets should only be locked in mature areas of the map.
Note that Freeways, Ramps, and Major Highways should be locked to these levels statewide; Minor Highways and Primary Streets should only be locked in mature areas of the map.

Revision as of 01:14, 5 March 2015

This wiki page is complete.Editing Group assignments are complete, and the MapRaid is in full swing! Check this page and the MegaMapRaid page for changes at least once per day, as we will post updates regularly. Stay in touch in your assigned slack channel (not the general channel if you can avoid it)

MapRaid! Northern and Central Louisiana is scheduled to run for approximately 4 days from Saturday, March 7, 2015 through Wednesday, March 11. It is part of a wide-scale MapRaid known as MegaMapRaid.


Welcome to Louisiana!

The group will be divided into XX teams, one for each section, and two exclusive teams; one to handle PURs, the other for the Waze provided problem sheet. Each team will have their own assigned senior editor (rank 6, or 5) who will be able to edit anywhere in the Raid area, but will focus on their assigned section.

Raid Areas

The MapRaid! is being divided up by teams. You can see the ## ## with all the teams, and PUR areas drawn out ## ##.

Raid Groups

    1. IMAGE ##

PUR Areas



Our primary mission will be to fix the map! We want correct directionality, connectivity, and geometry on roads, especially in our cities and on our state highways. We also want to handle URs and PURs, to validate existing Places, and to verify the roads on the map.

Functional Classification (FC) has been largely but not fully implemented for Northern and Central Louisiana. Some road types deviate intentionally from the state DOTs classifications. If you find a road which is set to a type that is too low, upgrade it. Conversely, if you find a road which you feel is set to a type that is too high, please contact a local champ before making changes.

Local Hosts

sketch (PM) - Global Champ

jasonh300 (PM) - Global Champ & South Central Regional Coordinator

bz2012 (PM) - Area Manager, Baton Rouge & Lafayette


Please do not lower the type of any road without first consulting a Local Host. You may raise the type of a road to meet road type rules if necessary.

Please do not mass-edit. Do not perform edits which will affect large numbers of segments at once. The edit history of segments is highly valuable in the process of solving URs. Mass editing effectively mass erases this history, permanently. We ask that all necessary processes which might affect large portions of the map, or long stretches of roads, be reserved until near the end of the MapRaid. This includes the “Select entire street” function.

Anything locked at 5 or 6? Please check with a local editor before making changes. Level 5 and 6 editors: consider keeping highlights active for level 5 and 6 locks.

Close nodes. We often use "doglegs" to force a "Turn" instruction, instead of a "Stay" or "Exit" instruction, on certain connectors and at certain intersections. This involves a geometry node carefully placed directly next to a junction node, in order to set the correct angle. You may need to zoom in to see this geometry node. Please watch for these if you move any junction node, and be sure to recreate the same angle at the new location.

Local Guidance

Functional Classification

In the United States, road types are determined by the intersection of Functional Classification (FC) and U.S. + State highway systems. You can read a detailed explanation at Road_types/USA.

The current road type rules have been mostly implemented in Northern and Central Louisiana. Some areas may have been missed; too-low road types should be raised to the correct levels for routing continuity. Conversely, do not lower a road type without consulting one of the Local Hosts. In isolated cases, we have chosen to deviate from official classifications. It is important that these remain intact. Also, remember that all unpaved roads should be set to the Dirt Road type.

If you find an area that doesn't seem to be complete, please bring it to the attention of a Local Host for review.

We observe the following minimum lock levels for Waze road types: In MegaMapRaid we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.

A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.

MegaMapRaid Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Mature areas  Non-mature areas
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  5
 Major Highway  5
 Minor Highway  3 1
 Primary Street  2 1
 Street  1
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5

Note that Freeways, Ramps, and Major Highways should be locked to these levels statewide; Minor Highways and Primary Streets should only be locked in mature areas of the map.

Note also that these are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels. If you find a road locked to a higher level than its minimum, please leave it locked no lower than that level when you have finished editing.

Place editing

Places from both editors and trusted users have become a major issue. Misspelled names, incorrect categories, missing addresses (EVERY business place should have an address!!), incorrect locations, and mismatched photos are all over the map. Use the powerful Place Browser (link below) and the information on the Place editing page to get these places corrected.

Gas Stations
All gas stations in Louisiana have already been edited and locked to 4 with parking lot roads. Do not delete parking lot roads in gas stations!!!

If you find any problems with a gas station, contact a local host.

Complex intersections

There are many complicated intersections in Los Angeles which should not be edited without consulting a local senior editor, even if the presence of URs seems to indicate problems. Some of these intersections have been carefully refined to achieve the best Waze performance, which can involve years of testing, adjustment, and experimentation. Others are locations which are currently under construction, and daily changes to the physical roads cause Wazers to report problems which will no longer exist by the time our edits could take effect. We have done our best to lock the most important of these intersections to Rank 6. When dealing with URs at these locations, please keep in mind that few, if any, additional road changes are required. Again, please consult with a Local Host before making changes.

Toll roads, HOV, etc.

There are no toll roads or HOV lanes in the Raid area.

Left turns at intersections without traffic signals

It is perfectly legal to make a left turn across a double yellow line. A double yellow line simply prohibits passing. A pair of double yellow lines, spaced apart, is considered a "barrier," and is illegal to cross.


A number of construction projects are underway in the Raid area. Some of these involve road closures. If you learn of any road closures that have not been entered on the map, contact sketch (PM).


Louisiana DOT Traveler Information

U turns

Roads divided in fact but mapped as undivided in Waze: Enable the U turns at every intersection where they are not specifically disallowed.

Roads undivided in fact: U turns may be enabled where the road is wide enough to enable the driver of a normal automobile to safely make a U turn and where U turns are not specifically disallowed.

Roads divided in fact and in Waze (divided highways/dual carriageways): If a divided roadway has a dedicated U turn segment in between the sides of the roadway (where the segment in the median connects only to the two sides of the roadway and nothing else), name the segment "U turn". No hyphen, lowercase t. This is the rule in Louisiana.

Tiny area places at intersections

As you work the map, you may run across very small Area Places at junctions/intersections. Leave them alone. We have used these to note turn restrictions at particular intersections. We have chosen to retain them. They are drawn small enough that they do not show in the app, and we’d like to keep them.

Parking lot roads

Parking lot roads are favored in Louisiana. Add parking lots for medium-to-large malls and shopping centers, all restaurant and bank drive-thrus, and anywhere that a Place is closer to the road behind it than to the road its parking lot connects to.

UR & MP guidance

As the LA MapRaid begins, the greater Los Angeles area has over 6,000 open Update Requests (URs) and over 500 Map Problems (MPs); some of the URs are older than 300 days. Investigating and responding to these URs and MPs will be a primary objective of the MapRaid teams. Therefore, a UR Guidance page has been created to help guide teams through the maze of MPs and URs.

As we have now reached 7 days from the beginning of the Raid, and URs are being closed, please double check that the UR you are closing still is not/cannot be solved. Sometimes a question has been left for verification, and a map correction delayed, pending a response/no response. Also, DO always leave a closing comment; no UR should be closed without one.


Speed and red light cameras may be found in Louisiana. However, speed cameras are disallowed on Interstate Highways in Louisiana.

Mapping resources

Functional classification maps

We use LaDOTD's Proposed Functional Classification for setting road types in Louisiana. Click here, then click "Interactive Online Map" for a helpful viewer; PDFs are available as well.

Highway maps

LaDOTD's Parish Maps are very helpful for verifying Louisiana's state highways and some other roads. Scroll down to the Parish Maps. This raid takes place in DOTD Districts 04, 05, 08, and 58, comprising the following parishes:

District 04: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, De Soto, Red River, Webster District 05: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union, West Carroll District 08: Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides (partial), Sabine, Vernon, Winn District 58: Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, La Salle, Tensas

GIS and local maps

GIS and/or local maps are available for some of the areas covered by the Raid.

Avoyelles Parish
Bienville Parish
Bossier Parish
Caddo Parish
Caldwell Parish – not found
Catahoula Parish
Claiborne Parish
Concordia Parish
De Soto Parish
East Carroll Parish – not found
Franklin Parish – not found
Grant Parish – not found
Jackson Parish – not found
La Salle Parish
Lincoln Parish
Madison Parish – not found
Morehouse Parish – not found
Natchitoches Parish – login required
Ouachita Parish – not found
Rapides Parish
Red River Parish
Richland Parish
Sabine Parish
Tensas Parish
Union Parish – not found
Vernon Parish – not found
Webster Parish – login required
West Carroll Parish – not found
Winn Parish – not found


Raid communication will take place in the Slack channel.

In addition, there is a Waze Forum dedicated to the MapRaid here, where questions can be asked, and specific issues may be identified as the Raid progresses.

Reference links

The basics

Recommended tools for MapRaid

  • The [ # # OVERLAY SCRIPT?? # # ] is available on GreasyFork to indicate the Group areas on the map as you work. You will need TamperMonkey (Chrome) or GreaseMonkey (Firefox) to install and use this.
  • UR Comments - a tremendous time and labor saving tool with automation and integration with URO+, to help with working URs. Read the documentation.
  • ## PLACE BROWSER?? ## - In combination with the Place Name Harmonization list, this is an invaluable tool for working on existing places. Be sure to click the About tab to get an overview of the tool.
  • The WME Reference Sheet[PDF] is a printable double-sided tri-fold quick reference guide to some of the common topics used in WME.
  • Validator is a script that validates a map area in Waze Map Editor, highlights issues and generates a very detailed report with wiki references and solutions.

Download links:

* For Chrome browser please download the script at Chrome Web Store
* For Firefox browser please download the script at GreasyFork.org

Note: for Firefox browser you also need Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey installed.

  • WME Chat Addon is a script that improves the WME chat GUI. For a list of all the features check the thread here.
 Tapermonkey/Greasmonkey is required to use this script

Click here to view the MapRaid! LA forum thread

MapRaid edit lists

Spreadsheets and forms are being used to streamline management of various group efforts and track important edits. Below you can find links to use these these forms, sheets, and see the lists.

Scheduled edits

Boots on the ground


#MapRaidLA Hall of Fame

MapRaid promotions

Some editors really let their bright side out, and let their community skills shine. This is even more evident in a concerted group effort with high-density editing like a MapRaid!. Editors of all ranks working closely with each other and the Champs, really lets us everyone get to know each other, and allows certain editors to be recognized for their skills and effort.

When the Champs see someone consistently editing well, interacting well with the community, and knowledgeable of the various details from the Wiki, they can issue promotions. This can be anything from the size of a managed area, to a rank increase, or even a new role.

The following editors have all earned our respect, and gratitude for a job well done. Not all received a promotion, but all were noticed and appreciated.