This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Montana. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
Montana is a part of the Northwest region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Montana, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
Montana follows the Functional Classification (FC) system for both state and non-state roads. This change from the previous road-typing guidance was changed in September 2014.
- To properly type a Freeway, Major Highway, Minor Highway, or Primary Street, refer to the Montana ArcGIS site and cross reference that against the Waze Functional Classification table.
- Urban area FC maps (PDFs, cross-reference with ArcGIS site when necessary)
- Montana Department of Transportation homepage
- Montana Department of Transportation Interactive Maps
- List of Montana Numbered Highways
- The Montana Road Log provides descriptions of Montana highways (useful to find start and end points when road signs are limited, or GIS resources aren't clear). From the MDT Brochures page. IMPORTANT NOTE: The "N" numbers are not the US Highway numbers; you must look in the details for that "N" route to find statements like "ENTER US 2" to determine the correct number.
- FC Statewide Map .pdf
- MDT Speed Limits. Legal reference: MT Code Annotated 2015.
- Montana Cadastral data is a framework of property boundaries along with associated land ownership information (who owns what and where). The goals of the Project are to produce, and maintain, cadastral information in a consistent, digital format for the entire State of Montana
- Great Falls
- Lincoln County
- City of Bozeman
- Sanders County
- Silverbow County
- Jefferson County
- Gallatin County
- Park County
- Missoula County
- Flathead County
- Yellowstone County
- Lewis & Clark County
MDT City, County, Urban, and Unincorporated Maps
MDT Incorporated City Maps
MDT County Maps
MDT Urban Maps
MDT Unincorporated Town Maps
Useful scripts to help you start your WME carrier. Please read the General installation instructions before installing scripts.
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Montana.
- Montana section of Waze forum
- The Northwest region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
When editing a segment's City field, use the incorporated name, or use the CDP (Census Designated Place) name when the place is locally known and/or more commonly recognized by that name. Segments outside of the official limits of incorporated or CDP areas should have the "None" box checked instead. Unincorporated areas (unless they are part of a Montana CDP) and greater urban areas outside of city/CDP limits should also be checked as "None".
Creating your own city overlays: You must have WME Geometries installed along with Qgis a free geographical information system. Follow t0cableguy's guide that he has put together. Cross reference your maps for accuracy with U.S. Census Bureau maps by selecting Place on the bottom right. In the drop down menu select Montana and the appropriate city or town. Also use MDOT's City and Urban maps.
|Read the Wiki standard before editing any of our Tribal Nation roads in Montana. Wiki guidelines on Indian Reservations Roads List and maps of Tribal Nations in Montana|
|As of Dec. 2015 Montana's Primary Highways are to be labeled "MT-xxx" and Secondary Highways "State Hwy xxx" to preserve the state shield. See this complete list of Numbered Highways for cross reference. US-10 no longer exists as it was replaced by I-90 and I-94. However, Old Hwy 10 still exists in some areas and should be mapped as such.|
Montana observes the following locking standards on the following types of road segments. All roads must be locked at least to the minimum level stated. If needing a segment unlocked or locked to a </> level please use the Unlock and Update Request forum.
|Highest rank of connected segments|
Limitation on U-turns -- turning on curve or crest of grade prohibited. An operator of a vehicle may not turn the vehicle to proceed in the opposite direction:
- unless the movement can be made safely and without interfering with other traffic; or
- upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade where the vehicle cannot be seen by the operator of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.
For Waze routing, u-turns should only be enabled where they provide the potential for improved routing, which includes recovering from missed turns. A common example is a median-divided primary street that has homes/businesses with their driveways/entrances directly on it, where reaching them would otherwise require lengthy, multi-turn deviations through side roads in order to end up on the correct side of the median.
Familiarize yourself how elevation works and Waze standards. Montana currently follows the outlines stated in the Seagull article. There is also a discussion thread in the forums pertaining to elevation that can be followed here.
- If a seagull can fly right under it, it’s a bridge (level greater than 0).
- A road is only level = +2 if there’s another bridge (+1) running underneath it.
- If it is underground and covered over, check the tunnel check box. The road segment must begin at least 50 feet before GPS signal is lost, and continue at least 50 feet after GPS signal is recovered.
- For every other case the road is ground level (level = Ground), even if it’s artificially elevated or dug under street level.
Montana follows the Waze wiki Speed Limit guidelines when it comes to adding SL to segments. The only exception to this guidelines is adding SL to work zone areas, we do not add SL to these areas as the SL will change at unknown times and can not be verified in some cities or counties.
Montana follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Forest Service Roads
|When editing Forest Service Roads be sure to read the Waze wiki page first in order to follow naming convention. Listed below are references that are a good starting point|
- Geospatial Data
- Little Belt Mountains 2013
- Castle Mountains, 2014
- Crazy Mountains, 2016
- Big and Little Snowy Mountains, 2013
- Highwood Mountains, 2013
- Rocky Mountain Ranger District, 2014
- Flathead National Forest
- Missoula Ranger District - Lolo Creek to Missoula West
- Missola Ranger District - Missoula East to Rock Creek
- Missoula Ranger District - Ninemile Ranger District North
- Missoula Ranger District - Ninemile Ranger District South
- Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
- Seeley Lake Ranger District
- Superior Ranger District
Dirt Roads 4x4
Montana follows the following functional classification for Gravel and Dirt Road /4x4 trails.
Images demonstrated above can not cover all scenarios for mapping maintenance level to Waze road type. These types of roads may undergo variation in quality over seasons additionally depending on the climate (rain/snow). Particularly, some gravel roads may have qualities that are closer to Dirt Road / 4x4 Trail than street. Editors with local experience or potential Street View images may help in this determination.
Driveways / Private Roads
|Please follow the following guidelines for Private Driveways. Wiki standard can be found here. Driveways|
Mapping rural diveways
- If an address/location cannot be reasonably guided to without a private drive, it can be added.
- Single house at the end of a 1mi (1609m) private drive, and that's the only house, it probably isn't needed.
- If it's 5 houses at the end of a single shared 1/4mi (402m) long private drive, it probably is needed.
- If it's a house at the end of a 500m (1640 ft) long private drive which is right up against another street from which you cannot access the address (stop point will be on the segment closest), then a private drive is probably needed. Per AlanOfTheBerg guidelines
Discussion can be found in the NW Montana section of the forums.
|You can follow MDT Road Report on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest traffic conditions and road closures.|
This section contains details about road closures, mainly MT and State Hwy's but can contain City, Urban and Rural streets in the state of Montana. If you perform a road closure at any time please use the Waze Closures form and report all closures here. A list of all Montana State and Secondary Hwy closing are on MDOT travel information webpage.
|Road Name||Editor||Closed Date||Est Open Date||Links and comments|
Rest Area closures
|As of this righting 02/2016 there are currently no guidelines in the wiki stating how to close a ramp. This was brought to the attention of our RC, discussion ensued and a final conclusion has been made. Listed below are the following state guidelines for Montana only and should not be considered accurate for any other state outside of Montana unless agreed upon by said states RC and SM.|
The choice to implement a RTC (Real time closure) was based on multiple parts. Turn directions: Using a TBTR (time based turn restriction) Waze will still route to the rest area, TBTR merely suggests a suggestion/penalty. There's no other way to get there, so it will route that way. Hard turn restriction only prevents routes through that turn. A closure or RTC (Real Time Closure) will make the segments invisible to the routing server and therefore will never direct the driver onto the ramp thus avoiding the closed rest area. The second to last step is Updating the Rest area it's self.
Final step: After completing the closure of the ramps and rest area please log it into the form below. This way we can keep track of all closures and time frames.
|Rest Area||MM #||Closed Date||Est Open Date||Editor||Links and comments|
|Columbus E & W bound Rest Area||MM 418 to 419.5||03/01/2016||12/01/2016||Kinematic||Travelmobile|
|As the new Parking features are being rolled out, PLAs are being imported to the map by Waze. This guidance should be used to fix up those imported PLAs. However while we wait for additional features to be released, currently any PLA will be displayed as a visible area on the client map creating clutter. Current guidance is therefore not to add any new PLAs until the client is updated (soon™) to not display PLAs. Places/Parking Lot|
See Montana/Places for guidance in Montana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Montana.
All localities prohibited from using red light cameras; rail crossings excepted.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
|Want to help out with the map in Montana? Below is a list of projects that need to be done. Please see Map Editing & Editing Best Practices for a starting point on how to edit the map.|
See Montana/To do for guidance in To Do List Montana
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Montana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Montana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Montana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Montana is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Montana — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): AlanOfTheBerg ( )
| Country Managers (Northwest region)|
|AlanOfTheBerg(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
|State Managers (Northwest region)|
|SkyviewGuru(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
Interim State Manager
Resident of Idaho
| Area Managers |
| herrchin(4) [ ]
| Kinematic(4) [ ]
|PhoenixofMT(3) [ ]||Central Montana|| |
|Kyle3728(2) [ ]||Billings|| |
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Mountain States, New England & US Territories|| |
US Country Mgr - AZ Resident
|CluelessBillingsDriver(3) [ ]||Billings|| |
|YepItsMeUhHuh(2) [ ]||Glendive|| |
|GhostCard(1) [ ]||Billings|| |
Other states and territories