Montana/Major roads/Main

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As of Dec. 2015 Montana's Primary Highways are to be labeled "MT-xxx" and Secondary Highways "State Hwy xxx" to preserve the state shield. See this complete list of Numbered Highways for cross reference. US-10 no longer exists as it was replaced by I-90 and I-94. However, Old Hwy 10 still exists in some areas and should be mapped as such.

Locking Standard

Montana observes the following locking standards on the following types of road segments. All roads must be locked at least to the minimum level stated. If needing a segment unlocked or locked to a </> level please use the Unlock and Update Request forum.

Montana Minimum Locking Standards
Segment Type Rank
 Freeway  4
 Ramp  Highest rank of connected segments
 Major Highway  3
 Minor Highway  2
 Primary Street  2
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2
All Others 1

U-turn Legality

Limitation on U-turns --[1] turning on curve or crest of grade prohibited. An operator of a vehicle may not turn the vehicle to proceed in the opposite direction:

  • unless the movement can be made safely and without interfering with other traffic; or
  • upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade where the vehicle cannot be seen by the operator of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.

^1 MT Code 61-8-334. Limitation on U-turns

For Waze routing, u-turns should only be enabled where they provide the potential for improved routing, which includes recovering from missed turns. A common example is a median-divided primary street that has homes/businesses with their driveways/entrances directly on it, where reaching them would otherwise require lengthy, multi-turn deviations through side roads in order to end up on the correct side of the median.

Elevation Guidelines

Familiarize yourself how elevation works and Waze standards. Montana currently follows the outlines stated in the Seagull article. There is also a discussion thread in the forums pertaining to elevation that can be followed here.

  • If a seagull can fly right under it, it’s a bridge (level greater than 0).
  • A road is only level = +2 if there’s another bridge (+1) running underneath it.
  • If it is underground and covered over, check the tunnel check box. The road segment must begin at least 50 feet before GPS signal is lost, and continue at least 50 feet after GPS signal is recovered.
  • For every other case the road is ground level (level = Ground), even if it’s artificially elevated or dug under street level.

Speed Limits

As of March 6, 2016 there are still no specifics on attaching SL on PLR's. This subsection is going to address this matter in addition to work zone and PR's. You should check with the Waze standard concerning how to utilize PLR's and PR's to acquire a greater understanding on their purposes and also implementation.

Work Zones

Speed limits in work zones generally have a lower posted SL to protect workers and prevent collisions. Montana Department of Transportation or MDT provides a daily update of the states construction projects on its MDT construction and maintenance website, you may also use the MDT interactive map as well to acquire the needed information to perform the [NOTE] feature for a work zone.

Montana will not post reduced SL on work zone segments. Instead we have chosen to use the [NOTE] feature using Live Map to alert drivers of an oncoming work zone and reduced SL.

Creating the [NOTE]

Gather the required information from MDT to complete your [NOTE]

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  • Find the location on WME and open Live Map
  • "Left Click" on the location to set the [NOTE] report
  • Click on "Report a Problem" link


In the next box that opens up this is where we will use the [NOTE] markup. Always start with "[NOTE]" before your description.

Include the following:

  • Mile Post Mile Post that construction is to begin and end.
  • Relevant Information Information that is relevant to the closure such as SL, delays to be expected and width restrictions.
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Once you are finished click on the submit button. Go back to WME and you should see your [NOTE] if you have your UR layers turned on and should look something like this. With the note open copy the PL with the chain icon in red on the bottom right hand side of your screen and place the closure in the closure form above for tracking purposes.

Private Roads

Private roads in Montana follow the Waze standard stated below.

  • Speed limits that are designated on private property using regulatory signs may be added to road

NOTE: Speed Limits are added to private road types by changing type to street, adding limits, then reverting to the original road type.

Parking Lot Roads

Speed limits are not to be added to any segment. This is to include the following: Apartment Complexes, Trailer Parks, Schools, and Universities.

Current Work Zone [NOTE] List

Road Name MM# Editor [NOTE] Link Comments
MT-## MM ## User Name [NOTE]