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.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Locking standard
- 7 Special roads
- 8 Closures
- 9 Update Requests
- 10 Places
- 11 Cameras
- 12 To do list
- 13 Area Managers
- 14 Other states and territories
- 15 About this page
Indiana is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
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.
INDOT Roadway Inventory & Functional Class:
Note: links are to Indiana Major City GIS resources unless otherwise indicated
County GIS resources unless otherwise indicated
- Benton (Think GIS)
- Benton (Elevate)
- Hendricks (Elevate)
- Hendricks (Beacon)
- LaPorte (Elevate)
- LaPorte (Beacon)
- St. Joseph
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.
- Indiana section of Waze forum
- The Great Lakes 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.
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.
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).
Census Designated Places webpage link: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml
See Indiana/Cities and towns for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
State Route Naming
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.
|Highest lock of connected segment|
|Other named types||Auto (1)||2|
|Construction (outdated imagery)||3|
|Waze Beacons installed||6|
Note: One-way Parking Lot Roads inside parking lots can be kept at lock Auto (1). See the GLR major roads page for additional information on the standards listed here.
Indiana 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.
|Good background definition on County Roads: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbered_roads_in_Indiana#County_Roads_in_Indiana|
See Indiana/Special roads for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Other Fwy or Expwy 2 (Controlled Access)[b]||n/a|
|Other Fwy or Expwy 2 (All others)[b]||n/a|
|Other Principal Arterial 3||n/a|
|Minor Arterial 4||n/a|
|Major Collector 5||n/a|
|Minor Collector 6||n/a|
^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.
- An Interstate Business Loop classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A US Highway classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A US Highway Spur route classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A State Highway classified as a Collector is a .
- A County Route classified as a Minor Arterial is a .
- A County Route classified as a Collector is a
- A locally-maintained road classified as an Other Principal Arterial is a .
- A locally-maintained road classified as a Collector is a .
^b The following roads shall be classified as :
- 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 if they are fully controlled access. If they are NOT fully controlled access shall be used.
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|
[RC] GizmoGuy411 ( )
[ARC1] Roadtechie ( )
[ARC2] SkiDooGuy ( )
| Country Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|xanderb(6) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
|BigBear3764(5) [ ]||Countrywide|| |
USA CM & IL SM
| JustinS83(6) [ ]
|State Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|PhoenixHawke(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
|Enfcer74(5) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| jdeyoung(6) [ ]
| Area Managers |
| Benenmen(4) [ ]
||LAM SE Indiana, Perry County , Crawford County|| |
| BobTheWikipedian(3) [ ]
||LAM SW Indiana|| |
|dchary2418(4) [ ]||LAM NW Indiana / INDOT La Porte District|| |
|GadgetJ(4) [ ]||LAM NE Indiana; St Cloud, MN|| |
|umopapisdn(5) [ ]||LAM SW Indiana (INDOT Vincennes District) & AM most of SE Indiana south of Indy-Connersville Line|| |
|Bruce1224(5) [ ]||Eastern Indiana, Parts of Ohio and Florida, North-south line from Michigan to Madison, IN, running through Huntington.|| |
|gunnargsd(5) [ ]||Ohio SM|| |
|VernL4(4) [ ]||Lafayette, IN|| |
|fbisurveillancevan21(3) [ ]||Southern Marion County south to Southern Johnson County and east to West Central Shelby County|| |
|ndgeek(3) [ ]||NE Indiana counties: St Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben|| |
|snowyhaijo(3) [ ]||Indianapolis|| |
|CopyCatGuy(3) [ ]||Northern Indiana area|
|ndavis828(2) [ ]||Clinton, IN|| |
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|
|RonRover(5) [ ]||SE Indiana||LAM SW Ohio|
|Bill473(5) [ ]||East Central Indiana/West Central Ohio||LAM NW Ohio|
|Aqualung812(3) [ ]||Columbus, Indiana|
|MrVanMeter(2) [ ]||Kokomo, Indiana, Howard County|
|ScottG76(2) [ ]||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|NoWareMan9(1) [ ]||NE Indiana, Fort Wayne, Allen County|
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