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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Indiana. 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.

All Editors are welcome to join us in the Great Lakes Region Discord Server. By clicking the following link to join a Waze editor Discord Server, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to the Waze Etiquette rules in their entirety. Click here to join.


Indiana is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Illinois / Indiana / Michigan / Ohio / Wisconsin.

Mapping resources


Before editing the maps in Indiana, 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.

Speed Limits:

INDOT Roadway Inventory & Functional Class:

INDOT Districts:

Note: links are to Indiana Major City GIS resources unless otherwise indicated

County GIS resources unless otherwise indicated











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 Indiana.

Area Managers for Indiana can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Great Lakes Region Discord Server

We have created a channel on the Great Lakes discord Server just for Indiana. This is where you can go to interact and chat with fellow editors along with your Area and State Managers. It will give you good insight into the best practices and policies in regard to map editing plus give an easy, convenient way for editors to stay in touch, ask questions (any questions, we all started at Rank #1 at some point), request downlocks or review of your work and get Peer-to-Peer Mentoring.

By clicking the following link to join a Waze editor Discord Server, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to the Waze Etiquette rules in their entirety. Click here to join.

Indiana Editors Reachout

If you send an Outreach message to a new Editor please log that communication into the Indiana Editor Outreach List Google Sheet

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).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.

Census Designated Places webpage link:

See Indiana/Cities and towns for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.

Major roads

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Indiana follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.

State Route Naming

State highways that are primarily signed at entering intersections with a State Route number like 75px-WV-2.svg.png rather than a road name should be named IN-### ("IN-2").

Locking standard

The following defines a set of minimum locking standards proposed for all roads within Indiana. Any road of a certain type or category must be locked at least to the level in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.

It is understood that more rural or inactive areas may not yet meet this standard: editors are encouraged to recruit and mentor additional editors to build coverage.

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.

Indiana Minimum Road Locking Standard
Segment Type Two-way   One-way 
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  Highest lock of connected segment
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2 3
 Street  1 2
 Private Road  1 2
 Parking Lot Road  1 1see note
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
 ⁃     ⁃        ⁃        ⁃        ⁃ Runway ⁃        ⁃        ⁃        ⁃        ⁃  5
Other named types 1 2
Construction (outdated imagery) 3
Waze Beacons installed 6

Note: One-way PLRs used outside of parking lots, such as alleys and streets through apartment complexes, should be locked at 2. See the GLR major roads page for additional information on the standards listed here.

Special roads

Drivable roads

Indiana follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Good background definition on County Roads:

See Indiana/Special roads for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


Alleys may be mapped if any of the following is true:

  • They are needed for residential access (e.g. one or more rear-entry garages or the primary access to a residence is on the alley)
  • The primary access to a business is via the alley

Alleys should be marked as Parking Lot Road and named "Alley", with the appropriate city selected per usual.

Roundabout Speed Limits

Indiana deviates from the GLR/National standard here. The Indiana policy is to set the speed limit to the lowest speed limit among the feeder roads for the roundabout


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.

INDOT posts road closures and road reports to the Indiana Traveler Information.

Indianapolis maintains their own Road and Street Closures page.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) maintains a listserv for their projects and closures: INDOT Projects and Closures Mail List .

Major Construction Projects

The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project

I-69 status for Indiana

A few more Major projects currently in Indiana

Update Requests

An Update Request (UR) is a Map Issue reported by a user from the Waze client app. It is also a layer in the Map Editor. See update requests for more information.

Team UR Handling

2015-06-06: The Great Lakes Region has standardized on a UR response system after extended discussion in the forum.


NOTE: all day values are relative to the date the FIRST editor response is sent to the reporter.

Response Timeline

  • Day 0: the first editor who is able to respond to UR should attempt to resolve the UR. If they are successful, they should comment as such in the UR and mark it closed. If more information from the reporter is required to make progress towards closure, a response should be sent to the reporter containing the information needed for resolution
  • Day 4+: polite reminders should be sent to reporters who have not responded to the initial request for information at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the initial response was sent.
  • Day 8+: URs may be noted as closed due to lack of reporter response at any time, provided at least four full days have elapsed since the followup message was sent

Shared Ownership:

  • All editors are considered to have equal ownership of and responsibility for all URs in the Great Lakes Region.
  • All editors, regardless if they have worked the UR previously, may send any of the responses described above, provided they adhere to the minimum time spacing guidance between responses.
  • All editors are explicitly encouraged to attempt resolving URs at any point during their lifecycle, even if others happen to be actively working it at the same time


  • The ideal timeline for UR response is when responses are sent as early as the minimum required time spacing between messages permits; experience has reliably shown that UR response rates are much higher when editors are able to send responses promptly
  • While strongly recommended, it is not required to send the followup message.

Process Chart

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Indiana follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

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 Indiana.

The Indiana State Constitution does not allow speed / traffic / red light cameras in Indiana. The only cameras allowed by state law are for toll-booth areas only for enforcement of non-payment.

To do list

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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.

Functional Classification

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, Functional Classification is described as the following.

Functional classification is the process by which streets and highways are grouped into classes, or systems, according to the character of service they are intended to provide. Basic to this process is the recognition that individual roads and streets do not serve travel independently in any major way. Rather, most travel involves movement through a network of roads. It becomes necessary then to determine how this travel can be channelized within the network in a logical and efficient manner. Functional classification defines the nature of this channelization process by defining the part that any particular road or street should play in serving the flow of trips through a highway network. (FHWA Functional Classification Guidelines)

The best resource to use for Functional Classification data in Indiana is the Indiana FC layer. Functional Class will show automatically and the base map is already set so you will not see any third party info. All street name information with "Oceans" basemap is safe to use in WME. Please DO NOT change the basemap to another layer with 3rd party copyrighted information.

To see the INDOT FC layer directly in WME you can also install WME FC. Full Credit goes to Mapomatic for designing and publishing this awesome script.

Functional Classification Chart

Refer to this chart to determine the road type of a given paved public road based on the functional class.

To use this chart, first determine the functional class of a road, and whether it is a signed, numbered highway in a particular highway system.

Where the column for the road's highway system and the row for the road's functional class meet, you will find the proper road type for that particular road.

A number of examples are given below the chart.

Highway Systems
Interstate Interstate Business Loop/Spur US Hwy (incl. some special routes) US Hwy BUS, SPUR, LOOP State Hwy (incl. some special routes) State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP County Route Locally-maintained
example I-64 E I-94 BUS US-50 US-50 BUS IN-62 IN-62 BUS E CR-15 W Robertson St

Interstate 1  Fw  n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Other Fwy or Expwy 2 (Controlled Access)[b] n/a  Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw   Fw 
Other Fwy or Expwy 2 (All others)[b] n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major 
Other Principal Arterial 3 n/a  Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major   Major 
Minor Arterial 4 n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor   Minor 
Major Collector 5 n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS   PS 
Minor Collector 6 n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   PS   PS 
Local/not mapped n/a  Major   Major   Minor   Minor   PS   Street   Street 

^a When a state highway "SPUR" route is used to connect a state highway with another state highway, a US highway, or an Interstate (i.e., when it is used as a connector/CONN route), use the first state highway column.

For example,

  • An Interstate Business Loop classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A US Highway classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A US Highway Spur route classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Minor Highway .
  • A State Highway classified as a Collector is a  Minor Highway .
  • A County Route classified as a Minor Arterial is a  Minor Highway .
  • A County Route classified as a Collector is a  Primary Street 
  • A locally-maintained road classified as an Other Principal Arterial is a  Major Highway .
  • A locally-maintained road classified as a Collector is a  Primary Street .

 Fw   Freeway 
 Major   Major Highway 
 Minor   Minor Highway 
 PS   Primary Street 
 Street   Street 

^b The following roads shall be classified as  Freeway :

  • All Interstate Highways.
    • This includes all roads classified in FHWA's functional classification as Interstates.
    • This includes three-digit Interstate spurs and loops (e.g., I-610; I-585).
    • This includes the few grade-intersected, undivided, and/or narrow portions of the Interstate Highway System.
    • This does not include Interstate Business Loops and Business Spurs (e.g., I-69 Business Loop), unless they meet the standards for Other Freeways and Expressways defined below.
  • Roads classified in FHWA's functional classification as Other Freeways and Expressways which meet the criteria of a controlled-access highway:
    • No at-grade crossings.
    • No at-grade intersections.
    • No direct property access.
    • No stop lights (except sometimes on ramps).
    • No stop signs.
    • Except at the beginning or end of the controlled-access roadway, connected to other roads exclusively by interchanges:
      • Entrance via ramps only, typically with acceleration zones.
      • Exit via ramps only, typically with deceleration zones.
      • Note: Many freeways continue as non-controlled-access roadways; the road should be set as Freeway until the point at which access becomes non-controlled.
    • Note: Indiana refers to some US-XXX and IN-XXX as Other Fwy or Expwy. Only set these roads to  Freeway  if they are fully controlled access. If they are NOT fully controlled access  Major Highway  shall be used.

Area Managers

The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Indiana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Indiana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Indiana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Indiana 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.

Large Area Managers (LAM) help manage large sections of the state working with the local Area Managers. You can also reach out to them for assistance. A map of the areas they coordinate is below.

Indiana — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators
Regional Coordinator(s):
[RC] JoeRodriguez12 (PM [Help])  Profile L6.png
[ARC1] GizmoGuy411 (PM [Help])  Profile L6.png
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Great Lakes region)
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State Managers (Great Lakes region)
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Enfcer74(5) [PM [Help]] Profile L5.png Statewide Badge StateManager.pngBadge Mentor.png
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Area Managers
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Benenmen(5) [PM [Help]] Profile L5.png LAM SE Indiana, Perry County, Crawford County Badge AreaManager.pngBadge MapRaider.pngBadge StateManager.png
gunnargsd(5) [PM [Help]] Profile L5.png Ohio SM Badge StateManager.png
umopapisdn(5) [PM [Help]] Profile L5.png LAM SW Indiana (INDOT Vincennes District) & AM most of SE Indiana south of Indy-Connersville Line Badge AreaManager.png
dchary2418(4) [PM [Help]] Profile L4.png LAM NW Indiana / INDOT La Porte District Badge AreaManager.png
garford2014(4) [PM [Help]] Profile L4.png LAM West Central Indiana
AM Evansville
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jmbox(4) [PM [Help]] Profile L4.png LAM East Central Indiana (INDOT Greenfield District) & AM Bloomington and south Badge AreaManager.pngBadge MapRaider.png
VernL4(4) [PM [Help]] Profile L4.png Lafayette, IN Badge AreaManager.png
AngelicNeko(3) [PM [Help]] Profile L3.png Northern Fort Wayne Badge AreaManager.png
BobTheWikipedian(3) [PM [Help]] Profile L3.png
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CopyCatGuy(3) [PM [Help]] Profile L3.png Northern Indiana area Badge AreaManager.png
SolSash7(3) [PM [Help]] Profile L3.png Southern Indianapolis Badge AreaManager.png
FlambeauGTO(2) [PM [Help]] Profile L2.png Southern Johnson County Badge AreaManager.png

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 (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments
RonRover(5) [PM [Help]] Profile L5.png SE Indiana LAM SW Ohio
Bill473(5) [PM [Help]] Profile L5.png East Central Indiana/West Central Ohio LAM NW Ohio
Aqualung812(3) [PM [Help]] Profile L3.png Columbus, Indiana
MrVanMeter(2) [PM [Help]] Profile L2.png Kokomo, Indiana, Howard County
ScottG76(2) [PM [Help]] Profile L2.png Indianapolis, Indiana
NoWareMan9(1) [PM [Help]] Profile L1.png NE Indiana, Fort Wayne, Allen County

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