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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Connecticut. 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.
Speed Limits in CT
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Special roads
- 7 Locking standard
- 8 Closures
- 9 Places
- 10 Cameras
- 11 To do list
- 12 Other
- 13 Area Managers
- 14 Other states and territories
- 15 About this page
Connecticut is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Connecticut, 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.
- CT DOT Maps
- List of State Routes in Connecticut (Wikipedia)
- CT DOT Press Releases
- Speed Limit Lists - CT DOT Office of State Traffic Administration (OSTA)
- Through Truck Prohibitions - CT DOT Office of State Traffic Administration (OSTA)
Also see Connecticut/Cities and towns for links to local, regional & statewide GIS pages and/or PLAT maps
- Hartford Marathon Foundation - The race authority for many running/trilithon events in CT. Very good resource for road closures for their events (go to the race's main page, then Race Day, then Road Closures - details are usually released two to four weeks before the event.
- Running in the USA - Useful as a list of races to find websites/contact info for closures. This link is set to a 50 mile radius around Hartford, but it is adjustable once there. DO NOT USE AS SOLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION
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 Connecticut.
- Connecticut section of Waze forum
- The New England 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.
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).
There are 169 Cities and Towns in the state. See Connecticut/Cities and towns for proper naming information.
State routes in Connecticut should be named using the "SR-xx" short name format, consistent with national guidance. Though the local team is working to standardize on short format naming, editors will likely encounter legacy and long format naming conventions (most commonly "State Rte" or "State Hwy"). Editors should take great care when updating names to the short format, as breaks in continuity can cause undesirable routing consequences.
Complete listing of Connecticut/Roads by type.
Connecticut 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
- Dead ends and culs-de-sac
- 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.
Additional notes for this state
- Dirt Roads - In Connecticut all roads that are normally unpaved are considered dirt roads as this is how drivers expect the "Avoid Dirt Roads" feature to behave. These roads are shown on the CT DOT Functional Classification Maps as dashed lines.
- Toll Roads - There are currently no tolls in Connecticut. No segments within the state of Connecticut should be marked as 'Toll Road'
- Pedestrian Boardwalk and Walking Trail - These should not be mapped without approval from a State Manager for CT. These segment types can cause routing issues even when not connected to a driveable segment.
In Connecticut we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
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 rank of connected segments|
Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can be adjusted as you find them while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.
Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.
The following table tracks LONG TERM road closures in the State of Connecticut. All closures with a duration of at least three weeks should be added to this list after a closure has been created in order to ensure proactive management of closures as work is completed.
For access to the list, or to suggest updates or additions, please contact State and Area Managers
Municipalities Contact List
Senior editors in Connecticut maintain a list of city municipality contacts to cultivate and actively maintain relationships with local authorities to provide accurate information on active and upcoming construction projects and events.
The Municipalities Contact List is designed to:
- Create a centralized location for all CT municipality contacts
- Create a Waze Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for municipal personnel
- Improve CT editor internal communications regarding municipal closures and events
- Create an open line of communication and partnership with municipalities and CT editors enabling:
- The verification of closures where there is conflicting, or no information
- The ability to proactively schedule closures for events
- The reduction of URs – both before and after a closure is in place
- The confirmation of reported updates (speed limits, street names… etc.)
- Prevent multiple editors from contacting municipalities simultaneously about the same issue
- Create continuity in the event a SPOC is unavailable or leaves the Waze community
Who should contact the municipality
Each city in CT has been assigned a Waze SPOC. It is the responsibility of that editor to reach out for clarification regarding reported issues.
This policy is in place to mitigate the risk of miscommunication and overcommunication between our growing base of Waze volunteers and CT cities. If you are not a designated SPOC, but think you’ve found a probable closure which requires additional information from the municipality, please contact the designated SPOC for the city.
Current SPOC Assignments
Following is the list of counties in CT and the editors assigned as the SPOC.
All Places added to the map must contain the following entries:
- Proper primary category
- Address (including house numbers)
- Placed in the correct location on the map
If a phone number is entered in the Place information, please format as: (###) ###-####. Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.
Reminder: Data from proprietary third-party sources (such as Google Maps or Yelp) is not an acceptable source! Please use data only from government resources (i.e. GIS), the website of a business (be careful with business Facebook pages as many are auto-generated and may be inaccurate) and other primary, non-copyrighted sources. For more information, review External Sources or contact a senior editor.
|PLACE TYPE||LOCK LEVEL|
|Military Installations / Airports||4|
|Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept||4|
|National & State Parks and Monuments||4|
|Gas Stations / Charging Stations||3|
|Schools / Universities / Colleges||3|
|Government Buildings / Consulates||3|
|Parking Lot Areas||3|
|City and Local Parks||2|
All Places that have complete information (see Minimum Acceptable Information above) are to be locked at Level 2. This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions via the Waze app from trusted users or Place Update Request approvals from other editors using WME without careful examination.
If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and ask a more senior editor to lock it higher.
Naming Places & Harmonization
Connecticut follows national guidance for Place names.
In an effort to standardize names for Places with multiple locations across the region, Connecticut syncs with the New England PNH (place name harmonization) registry. When editing, please ensure Places in Connecticut use the appropriate category name, as well as the listed spelling. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site (i.e. the recent Panera and Subway campaigns) and will (hopefully) help prevent the creation of duplicate entries. The WMEPH script (described below) is a great tool to help with standardization.
Mapping Area Places
For instance, if you are mapping a shopping center, this means that you map the area to cover the shopping center buildings, and the parking lots out to the outer ring road (if applicable). If there is no ring road, or for smaller shopping centers, map to the curb line.
If you are mapping a school, you would map out to the fence line (if visible) or to a reasonable distance from the school. Contact an AM, SM, CM, or Champ for assistance.
Places which are part of a larger encompassing Area Place (i.e. place points for specific building within a university Area, separate ER entrances in a hospital Area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "ER - Hospital Name". Please also review the USA Places standards for Area-Point Combinations.
Hospital / Medical Care Facilities
Please review the detailed guidelines on the mapping of these facilities at Hospitals & Urgent Care before adding/editing emergency medical care facilities.
Connecticut follows USA guidance for Parking Lots. In general, Parking Lot Areas (PLAs) should be added for all lots including businesses with small parking lots (fewer than 10 spaces). Any improvements are helpful, but editors are encouraged to start with popular lots with heavy usage, map problem flags or update requests; public (unrestricted public access) facilities including Park & Ride lots; and restricted lots (some lot restrictions apply, e.g. for customers, visitors, etc.) particularly those associated with stadiums and event venues, shopping centers, etc.
Naming for PLAs dedicated to one address or business should be "Parking - <business name>" or "Parking - <house # & street name>"
Consistent with national guidance, Park & Ride lots should always be named "Park & Ride" however, lots with specific identities may be further customized with unique identifiers (for example "Park & Ride - Batterson Park").
Links to External Providers
Creating and editing links to External Providers is currently permitted for Rank 2 editors and above.
Editors are encouraged to link Waze Places to the corresponding external provider place (typically Google Maps) via the External Provider field any time Places are edited. By linking sites, when Wazers select a destination from search results in the app, they'll always be routed to the navigation stop point associated with the Waze place - regardless of whether the driver selected a Google or Waze search result, which will help avoid routing problems resulting from inaccurate Google PIN locations.
Waze Places can link to up to four External Provider references, and editors are encouraged to connect all relevant links. A common example of this would be linking a Waze gas station area place to the external provider links for the gas station, an ATM located within the station and the associated convenience store. Please also ensure the links are correct - be sure to check the address of the attached links following a save.
If you are working on places, we recommend considering a few scripts which can make the editing process a lot more efficient. As always with scripts, be cautious and please reach out to a senior editor with any questions on how they work.
- WME Place Harmonizer (WMEPH) standardizes names, formats data, provides an easy interface for adding services and automatically locks once the minimum information has been added. For chains, please submit new chain data for any that are not in the database. Note: WMEPH is now available for all editors, including R1.
- Guidelines for use of External Sources
- Guidelines for Moderation of user-submitted place updates
- Connecticut Places To Do List
- Previous Guidelines for Places in Connecticut (replaced by this page)
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 Connecticut.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are illegal statewide in Connecticut.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
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.
This section is intended to offer guidance to editors on areas of particular need of attention to the Waze map in Connecticut and to communicate the statewide projects. Key editing priorities include:
- Respond to Update Requests (URs). URs are submitted by Wazers through the app as they drive, and often are the best clue as to problems with the map. Editors are encouraged to try to solve these issues, and should feel free to reach out to senior editors for help. Be sure to read the USA standard for Update Requests (URs) outlined Update Requests in Waze Map Editor and the expanded guidelines for UR lifecycle management in CT UR Resolution Policy.
- Review of new or updated Place Points (PP) or Residential Place Points (RPP). As Wazers submit new/updated information on places, editors need to review and approve these submissions before they are added to the map. We get a lot of good input, but some need correction and additional information to be fully functional and assist with navigation. Editors are encouraged to review the wiki section on Place Moderation and tackle some of the many open PP and RPP in Connecticut. WMEPH is a useful tool.
- Connecticut-Specific To Do List. The Waze Connecticut editor team keeps an active list of projects and the associated tasks which need to be addressed across the state by editors. The intention is to provide a centralized resource for all editors to access to help ensure our valuable time is used as effectively as possible. This list is updated and prioritized by senior editors and Area Managers - please contact any of us with any questions or recommendations.
Waze Connecticut Priority List
The Waze Connecticut "To Do List" items are reviewed and prioritized by determining the number of end users benefited by a task and how they impact the successful use of the app, and generally fall under 4 categories:
- Waze new feature rollouts
- Update Request Follow-ups
- Map Error Followups
- Statewide Projects
Update Request Resolution Policy
Connecticut follows the USA standard for Update Requests (URs) outlined HERE. Following are expanded guidelines for managing the lifecycle of a UR in Connecticut.
Update Request Lifecycle
Connecticut has adopted a 1/4/7 day schedule when responding to Update Requests.
Update Request Ownership
- All editors are considered to have equal ownership and responsibility for all URs in the State of Connecticut.
- All editors are encouraged to attempt to resolve URs at any point during their lifecycle, provided the response time guidance is followed, even if other editors happen to be actively working the report.
- If an editor has asked for clarification and received a response from the reporter, as a courtesy, please give the initial editor a few days to work on a resolution before taking over the UR.
Things to remember
- The main objective is to resolve legitimate map issues, not just to close URs. Take the time to understand the issue and ensure the reporter has the allotted time to respond.
- Even though you may be a volunteer editor, you still represent Waze; be professional and objective with your responses.
- Keep responses short; some folks might be responding in the Waze app and reading long responses can be a pain!
- You should always leave a comment on a UR, even if you're just closing out old reports.
- Plugins such as URO+, UR Comments, and UR-MP Tracking can make responding to URs much easier. Check them out!
- Be sure to review the Wiki documentation on Handling Update Requests, especially the section about Response Etiquette.
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Connecticut. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Connecticut, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Connecticut, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Connecticut 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.
|Connecticut — Area, State, Country Managers, and Regional Coordinators|
[RC] orbitc ( )
[ARC1] Banished ( )
|Country Managers (New England region)|
|orbitc(6) [ ]
|Entire State of CT, also DE, NJ, PA. NY, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT|
GC / Coordinator of Northeast & New England
|banished(6) [ ]
Assistant Regional Coordinator
|SanzClew(6) [ ]
Moved to MA 40 yrs ago
|Qwaletee(6) [ ]
|Very active in NJ and Metro NYC. SM for all of Northeast and New England regions.|
Local Champ. Resident of NJ. SM NJ,NY,PA,New England.
|jaywazin(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. MA State Manager
|State Managers (New England region)
|GooberKing(5) [ ]||CT State Manager||SM of The State Next Door (RI)|
|Jallen(5) [ ]||CT State Manager|
Also covers I-684 & Saw Mill River Parkway corridor in New York
|Moogonk(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. NH State Manager.
|Mudge42(5) [ ]||Statewide|
Multi-State Manager for New England Region. MA State Manager
|SNYOWL(5) [ ]
Multi-State Manager for New England Region MA State Manager
|Area Managers |
|rfhueby(4) [ ]||AM covering Northwestern & Central CT|
|ArmyPathfinder(3) [ ]
|Covering Southeastern CT.|
Majority of New Haven, Middlesex, New London Counties.
|HarryPotter418(3) [ ]||AM covering Windham County|
Also edits in New London County
|JS55CT(3) [ ]||AM covering Middlesex County|
Also edits in Fairfield County
|njs923(3) [ ]||AM covering New Haven County|
|ThomasPrice84(3) [ ]||AM covering Fairfield County|
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|
|pumrum(5) [ ]||Statewide||Also covers NYC|
|eaglestailg8ter(4) [ ]
|Mid Atlantic & New England|
Live Philly area
|firefighterdude(3) [ ]||Fairfield County|
Live in NY near CT border, travel through CT often. AM in NY.
|FreedAce(3) [ ]||Southern Fairfield County||Lives in Stamford, previously commuted to Greenwich, Bridgeport and Norwalk for school and work|
|JS55CT(3) [ ]||Fairfield County||Live in Ridgefield, Work in Norwalk|
|QuebecRefugee(3) [ ]
|I-91 corridor and then some||Live in Western MA, work on projects throughout MA and CT.|
|RodeNinja(3) [ ]
|I-84 +/- 3mi|
AM in NY
|Socalcowboy(3) [ ]||Fairfield||live in Shelton, CT work in Norwalk|
|Muanya(2) [ ]||New Canaan||live in CT but works in NYC|
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