Road types

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Road types

General Guidelines

  • The main roads in a district or town should at least be set to primary street.
  • If segments will be used for through-going traffic or for longer distances connecting districts or towns, they should at least be mH (minor Highway)
  • Main interconnecting roads with fast traffic should at least be MH (major Highway).


Always try to connect a road to a same level of road type or higher. Thus, Waze should be able to route from primary to primary (or higher), from minor to minor (or higher), from major to major (or higher), and from Freeway to Freeway. Another way of explaining this, is that you should be able to continuously drive on the same or higher type of segments for the routing engine to use that road type in the calculations.

This means we sometimes need to make small roads mH, for the possibility of calculating long distance routing.

Drivable

Freeway

 Freeway 

Most expressways, the big National Highways.
Highways appointed by local champs to enable long routes.
Lock level 5
More on this road type see the dedicated Freeway page.


Ramp

 Ramp 

Connecting roads to and from highways
Not for at grade "street" connectors or turn lanes
Yield an "Exit to ..." in spoken navigation instructions
Used to indicate the direction, starting with >. Multiple destinations need to be separated by a space, slash (/), space.
Example: "> New Delhi / Chandigarh", will be voiced as "Exit to New Delhi, Chandigarh")
Lock level 5


Major Highway

 Major Highway 

Major Highways (MH) are used for National Highways (exception: inner roads within Indian Metro Cities)
Ring Roads around large cities
Lock level 4
More on this road type see the dedicated Major Highway page.


Minor Highway

 Minor Highway 

Minor Highways (mH) are used for all State Highways
Arterial Roads, and inner highway roads within Indian Metro Cities
Roads used for through-going traffic or for longer distances connecting towns or villages
Lock level 3
More on this road type see the dedicated Minor Highway page.


Primary Street

 Primary Street 

Primary Streets (PS) are busy roads within Cities, and/or Feeder Roads to Arterial Roads
Lock level 2
More on this road type see the dedicated Primary Street page.


Street

 Street 

Streets (ST) are normal roads, publicly accessible
Mostly used in (sub)urban areas, industrial zones, country roads.
If applicable check the unpaved attribute (instead of using the Off-road road type).
Lock level Auto (1)
More on this road type see the dedicated Street page.


Narrow Road

 Narrow Road 

Narrow Roads are used for very narrow streets that are drive-able, but hard to access by car. For motorcycles, Narrow Roads are convenient for navigation.
See also in depth page on Narrow Roads in India.


Off-road

 Off-road 

Was used in the past for roads that are (most often) not drivable, or need a 4x4 car to go over it.
Don't use this road type anymore but use another roadtype with attribute unpaved checked.


Parking Lot Road

 Parking Lot Road 

Used for Petrol Stations, Car Parks
Lock level Auto (1)
See the special Parking Lot Road page for more information.


Private Road

 Private Road 

Residential Roads, access is limited to a specific group of people. Private Road will not be used for through-going traffic.
In the navigation the Private Road road type will only be used when you have your destination on that road, or if no other road can bring you there.
Mark only the entrances and exits to and from residential/restricted areas with the Private Road road type. Especially on larger terrains, like an industrial area, make sure to mark the roads between entry and exit as normal streets to ensure proper routing.


Ferry

 Ferry 

Road type Ferry is used for crossing rivers by ferries with a regular service.
Restrictions contain the timetable of the ferry
If the passage isn't free, check Toll road on the Restrictions tab.
Lock level 5
See also the global Wiki page on Ferries.


Non drivable

Concerning Non-Drivable roads: Most aren't worth adding, as Waze is an app aimed at commuters who drive a car.

Walking Trail

 Walking Trail 

Walking Trails (WT) are used for all 'roads' where cars are not able to drive but that can be a destination.
More on this road type see the dedicated Walking Trail page.


Pedestrian Boardwalk

 Pedestrian Boardwalk 

Waze is only designed to use in a car, so Pedestrian Boardwalks (PB) are not necessary.
PB's are designed for 'roads' that are inaccessible by car and that don't have a possible destination
More on this road type see the dedicated Pedestrian Boardwalk page.


Stairway

 Stairway 

Not usually necessary


Railroad

 Railroad 

Elevation level as is. Do connect to drivable roads if they actually cross, and disallow turns to and from drivable roads.
Lock level 2
More on this road type see the dedicated Railroad page.


Runway/Taxiway

 Runway/Taxiway 

Airport runways and private airstrips.
The Runway/Taxiway type is for display only and must never connect to drivable road segments.


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