New Mexico/Special roads/Main

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Special Road Treatment in New Mexico

  • Alleys:New Mexico has a significant number of navigable alleys. Per the Waze Functional Classification Page, mapped alleys will be marked as Parking Lot roads because they are publicly accessible. There is no need to map alleys that are not yet mapped and no need to delete alleys that are already mapped. Mapping of new alleys is at the discretion of the local editors.
  • Dirt Roads: Because New Mexico is relatively rual, even in larger cities, dirt roads can be important in navigation and may even support freeway speeds. Dirt roads may be marked as streets, primary streets, and in some cases minor highways depending on their use and condition. Until specific guidance can be produced, seek involvement from local editors before changing these roads.
  • Indian Reservation Roads: Native American Indian reservations have jurisdiction over their own roads, although certain federal, state, and county roads can cross their lands. Before you edit on these lands you should be familiar with this Wiki page.
  • Forest Service Roads: New Mexico and many states in the USA have US Forest Service Road systems that have their own functional classification and rules. Before editing on these roads and associated landmarks, consider this Wiki page.
  • Bureau of Land Management Roads: New Mexico and many western states in the USA have Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roads that have their own standards. Before editing on these roads and associated landmarks, consider this wiki page. BLM also manages certain National Monuments.
  • National Park Service Roads: While not significantly different from normal roads, you should consult this Wiki page before editing these roads and their associated landmarks.
  • Military Bases & Government Installations: New Mexico has a large number of military bases and National Laboratories that have restricted access. Please follow the Private Installations article when mapping these facilities.


This is interim guidance for New Mexico, until such time as National standards are agreed upon.

U-turns should be permitted when both of these conditions exist:

  • 1) There is no signage prohibiting a U-turn.
  • 2) There is at least 10.1 m (33 feet) from the left edge of the departure lane to the "destination" curb. This can include any median that may exist to the left of the departure lane. (The measurement is intended to accommodate the turning radius of most passenger vehicles.)
  • Suggested Practices
    • Use street-view to see if there are signs stating U-turns are not allowed or only authorized vehicles are allowed to make U-turns.