Creating and editing road segments

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Creating a new road

You have a location where there should be a road where there isn't one in Waze, such as a recent suburban development. The following series of screenshots and instructions walk you through the process of adding a road to Waze from scratch. The screenshots are from an area of Little Rock, AK and we are working on adding the roads missing in the highlighted area shown here:

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Set up the map display such that you can see a good portion of the area you need to add the road to, setting the zoom level appropriately such that you will be able to follow the curves in the road as you draw it.

There are four steps essential to add roads to the Waze map:

  1. Draw the road, including junctions to existing segments
  2. Confirm the road properties
  3. Set allowed turns
  4. Save the changes

Drawing the road

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Hover the cursor over the large + icon at the right side of the toolbar and click Road. You can also use the keyboard shortcut which is the letter i, for Insert. Move the cursor to the location you want to start drawing the road. This can be an empty location, or can on an existing segment where the intersection with this new road will be. The cursor has a small blue circle to indicate it is in drawing mode.

When you hover over an existing segment, it will highlight showing that if you click right there, a junction will be automatically added for you where you start drawing.

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Move your mouse along the path of the road, and as you follow along the aerial or GPS points for the new road, every time you click, a geometry node is added, keeping your new road aligned with your cursor movement. When you reach the end location for the new road, double-click the mouse. You will exit drawing mode, and the new road will display in orange to signify that it is unsaved.

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In the situation being describe here, there is another road in this same view which is missing. We can add another road to the map without having saved the first one, which is a great timesaver. The next screenshot shows the second road already added and auto-junctioned to the first segment we added.

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At this point, you can save the newly added roads if you wish. However, the process of properly adding the roads is not complete. These roads are currently still set as 1-way, with no associated city and no street name. Adding those details to the road is required before they will show up in the client, and is discussed below in the Updating details to confirm roads section below.

Updating details to confirm the road

New roads will not be displayed on the Waze app until they are confirmed, meaning an editor confirms the correct city and street name at a minimum. You also verify the road type, directionality and level of a road before saving it to confirm.

First, select the segment(s) you need to confirm. Notice in the case below, we can see these are two 1-way segments. Once selected, if the properties drawer has not slid out to the left, click the tab to open it. Notice below that for the one road, there are now two segments. That is because the second road we added has split the original road into two segments. This is normal and expected. You can choose to confirm the first road before added the second road if you wish.

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To edit the address details, click the Edit Address link. This will enable editing of fields above it. When multiple segments are selected, you need to select Country (and State for locations which support it) as well as entering in city and street name information. If this is a location outside a city, use the "No Name" check box. Same for the street name. If this is a private drive or a parking lot road or other road which doesn't have a name, use the "No Name" check box.

When complete, click the Apply button, then set the correct Road Type, Direction and Level. For neighborhood streets in these examples, Street is appropriate, they are 2-way streets and they have no roads above or below them, so Level 0 is correct.

Again, you can choose to save now, but there is one last step which needs to be completed before we can call this process complete: setting the allowed turns

Set allowed turns (connections)

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We've added our roads and confirmed them, but we haven't set which roads can be legally driven from and to. In the real world, sometimes two 2-way segments are connected, but direction of travel is restricted in a certain way, due to such things as a median barrier being across the road. However, in our suburban neighborhood example, these streets can all be driven to and from, but our screenshot to the left shows red arrows, meaning that Waze won't navigate that direction from the selected segment.

In situations where not all turns are allowed, you would click on each arrow to allow that turn, or travel direction. But if all turns are allowed, then the faster way is to enable all turns at the junction.

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Select the junction and it will turn from an orange to red with a white border.

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Look to the Properties drawer and you will see action links for this junction. Depending on the current state of the junction, both or either Allow all connections or Disallow all connections links will appear. (If all connections are currently allowed, then that link will not appear.)

To enable all turns at our intersections, click the Allow all connections link for both of the junctions created.


Up to this point, you may have saved your progress or not. If not, click the Save button now (or use the Ctrl+s keyboard shortcut) and all of your updates will be sent to the Waze servers for processing. After the save is complete, and if there are no errors, you will be presented with the final product of this process:

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Editing existing roads

Adjusting geometry


Moving junctions

Allow/Disallow connections

(Re)Moving a road from a junction

Updating details

Setting allowed turns (connections)


See Creating and Editing a roundabout for guidance on roundabouts or traffic circles.

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