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This page contains information related to editing Waze maps in the USA Mid Atlantic Region which includes Virginia, West Virginia, The District of Columbia, and Maryland. It takes precedence over any more geographically localized state-level sub-pages to insure regional unity and consistency. See the Mid Atlantic Forum for more information. Questions should be addressed to the Mid Atlantic Regional Coordinator or the State Managers. We are always looking for editors, and have fun learning in the process.
This page is maintained by CBenson. Please coordinate any changes in advance. Mid Atlantic map editors are encouraged to add/modify their own information in the Mid Atlantic Editors table below. All editors should be familiar with Best Editing Practices.
- 1 Cities and towns
- 2 Road (segment) types
- 3 Mapping Resources & Functional Classification
- 4 Update Requests & Comments
- 5 Places (formerly Landmarks)
- 6 Major construction projects
- 7 Cameras
- 8 Mid Atlantic Editors (Key Personnel)
Cities and towns
- Maryland: There are 157 incorporated places in Maryland. When assigning the city name to a road segment or landmark, use the name of the incorporated place or CDP (census-designated place). If it is outside the boundaries of either of those, set the city name as None. Do not use the names associated with ZIP codes or the name of a neighborhood, community, or subdivision not included on the census map. If the road type is Freeway, set the city as None (except in Baltimore City), regardless of the location, as this helps with routing. Be sure to also set the city name of any alternate names correctly.
- West Virginia: Despite its relatively small size, the Mountain State is home to approximately 3,100 cities, towns and small communities. To link them (and to provide an important part of the transport of the state’s abundant natural resources), there are some 36,000 miles of state-maintained highways that include 6,636 bridges (this figure does not include 238 railroad bridges, 117 city and county bridges, 99 West Virginia Turnpike bridges, 20 state park bridges, two private toll bridges and 132 other non-highway bridges).
- Washington DC: Washington is the only city in the District of Columbia and it spans the entire area.
- Virginia: There are 38 independent cities and 95 counties in the state. Proper naming information is still under discussion due to the highly urban nature of parts of northern Virginia
Road (segment) types
Determining road types in the Southeast aligns with the Waze USA Standard for freeway, major highway, minor highways, and primary streets. The Waze USA standard is a hybrid system based on a national standard called "functional classification" with a few modifications.
Functional classification maps are available for most states. Compliance across state borders is important to insure better route selections between states; however, editors in some states have deferred adoption of the USA Standard due to in-state concerns. If you edit in any region than the Southeast, you must comply with that state's recommendations.
Although the Waze USA Standard permits some road-type selection deviation, at present no Southeast deviations are permitted, but may be in the future.
Minimum Road Type Standards
US Hwy = (MH)
State Roads = (mH)
Road Segment Naming
Often when US Hwys, State Roads, and County Roads pass through municipalities, they have a local name (e.g, "Main St"). Please see Road Names for instructions on how to name these segments. Check here for other states.
When to Split a Two-Way Road
Generally, a road should be undivided unless it meets ALL of the requirements for dividing a road. When initially reviewing whether to divide or "un-divide" (merge back together) a roadway, consider these points first:
- The default representation for any roadway is a single 2-way segment, even if the physical roadway is divided. Dividing a roadway carries with it the burden of proof that the change will improve the usability and/ or simplicity of the waze map.
- If a road is currently working with no problem reports, consider leaving it as is.
- Try to avoid switching roads back and forth between being divided and 2-way. For example, if most of the road is clearly divided and only parts would be considered a single two-way road, consider leaving it all divided. If only a small portion seems better off divided, consider keeping it all 2-way.
A road may be divided when ALL of the following conditions are met:
- GPS tracks show a clearly definable and continuous gap (blank area) between the color-by-azimuth arrows at the 100m/500ft zoom level,
- Multiple houses or businesses with no off-street parking are located directly on the street but are not accessible from the opposite direction of travel due to lengthy median, obstruction, or traffic control signage, or
- U-turns are required to properly make turns from public driveable road types that are blocked by a median. (this will soon not be a reason as u-turns will be working in the client soon)
A road should not be divided when:
- The non-driveable median is interrupted by a cross segment at most intersections.
- There is a center turn lane (any width) between directions of travel. Dividing this type of road creates problems when people turn from the middle lane because there is no road for the navigation to follow.
- It is possible and legal to make a left turn/u-turn everywhere along the road
- The objective is solely for visual appearance or to make the road match another visual source like Google Maps. MATCHING GOOGLE (or any other map product) IS NOT A REASON.
Remember that dividing and undividing roads each comes with its own set of problems. Each situation is unique and some issues may be more manageable with a single two-way road, and some may work fine with a divided road. Consider every aspect of routing, and carefully examine each junction before dividing or undividing. Regardless of whether you're dividing or undividing, remember that you might cause more problems than you solve and you might have to put it back the way it was before. Also remember that dividing and undividing each cause loss of some traffic data, which can result in poor Waze routing.
Mapping Resources & Functional Classification
Use only state DOT level FC maps when determine how to type (classify) a segment (Major Hwy, Minor Hwy, etc.). Some counties and cities have their own FC system, but only the state level system is to be used as a reference as these have been through a federal and state level approval process.
Update Requests & Comments
The southeast follows the national Update Requests & Comments guidance. Do NOT leave reminders at 4 days (or however many days). If another editor left a comment for the reporter, there is no response from the reporter, AND it has been 7+ days....simply put a comment about why it's being closed (i.e. "Closed due to inactivity.") and mark it Not Identified.
Do not over complicate the UR process, and please do not leave lengthy questions/responses. There are a few UR comment scripts that have been designed and approved by higher ranked editors available for your use. Scripts Page
Places (formerly Landmarks)
The southeast follows the national Places guidance. The following exceptions to the national guidance are NOT mapped:
Major construction projects
See the states' Department of Transporation (DOT) web sites for a list of long term road closures and changes to traffic flow that impact the Waze Map.
These are mapped as a Parking Lot road only if the alley leads to more than one address (businesses or residences) or is a named street. Otherwise, alleys are not mapped.
Generally, if a path can't be driven on (e.g. Walking Trail, Pedestrian Boardwalk, Stairway, Runway/Taxiway) then it is not mapped.
Emergency Vehicle and DOT Service Roads
We do not map Emergency Vehicle and DOT Service Roads.
For areas where residents are dependent upon ferries, see the Ferries Editing Manual. Please contact your RC for any questions deciding if a ferry should be mapped.
Railroads can be mapped, but they are not a priority at this time.
Red light cameras
Currently, the only way to add cameras to the editor are from the app. When placing a camera in the app, drop a general error with "RLC W" where W = the direction the camera is facing. This will allow other editors to know which way the camera is facing when they go to approve it in the editor.
DO NOT USE PHOTOENFORCED AS A REFERENCE FOR CAMERA LOCATIONS. This website is inaccurate! Only use official websites, or (of course) your own eyes.
Speed cameras that issue tickets are not located in AL, FL, or GA. Do not map this type of camera. Only red light cameras are used in all three states.
Other Camera Types
These are cameras or signs that either provide driver feedback or are used for traffic control. These devices CAN NOT issue tickets and are not mapped.
Mid Atlantic Editors (Key Personnel)
If you reside in and are granted Area Manager editing privileges or higher anywhere in Maryland, DC, West Virginia, or Virginia please add yourself to this table.
|driving79||Southeast Regional Coordinator||FL|
|txemt||South Central/US Territories RC||Miami, Fl|
|spankdog||Local Champ||Metro Atlanta, GA|
|heyblue||State Manager (AL)||Huntsville, AL|
|ggrane||State Manager (FL)||Miami, FL|
|HuckD||State Manager (GA)||Albany, GA|
|Jakflash||State Manager (FL)||North Florida/Panhandle|
|T0cableguy||State Manager (FL)||Lake Wales, FL|
|jbrianj||Area Manager||Florida Panhandle|
|SeekingSerenity||Area Manager||Northwest Georgia|
|Jroman7||Area Manager||Metro Atlanta, GA|
|BarfmanTheGreat||Area Manager||Tampa Bay Area|
|HeladoCaliente||Area Manager||Gainesville Area|
|KeepFSUSafe||Area Manager||Tallahassee - Big Bend Area|