State highway naming
State Links are to be named L-##X [c]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska Link ##X")
State Spurs are to be named S-##X [d]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska Spur ##X")
State Recreation Roads are to be named R-##X [e]
(TTS pronunciation "Nebraska Recreation Road ##X")
^a State highways never share the same number as any U.S. or Interstate highway that runs through the state.
^c A Link is a highway that connects two major highways.
^d A Spur is a highway that connects a major highway to a city or town where no other highway exists.
^e Recreation Roads are the roads contained within a State Park and are almost never signed but do appear in NDOR and FC maps.
County road naming
County roads with the name designation of "County Road ##" or "Co Rd ##" are to be named in Waze as CR-##. This shortened version takes up less space on the map screen and is announced correctly as "County Road ##" while navigating with the Waze app.
Roads named N, S, E or W
If you encounter any roads that are named N, S, E, or W, you must add a period (.) to the end of the letter. For example, West N Street is abbreviated as W N. St. This ensures the TTS system reads the road name as "West EN Street" and not "West North Street" This does not apply to county roads or Nebraska state highways and spurs abbreviated as N-##X and S-##X. Waze recognizes these as county roads, state highways and spurs, and pronounces them correctly.
In Nebraska, we observe a minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank listed in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (construction, confusing design, frequent mistakes, image inaccuracies, etc.), but should not be locked lower.
Although common practice is to limit editing freeways to rank 5 or higher, we have determined that the experience required to reach editing rank 4 is sufficient to gain the privilege of editing freeway segments.
Nebraska Functional Classification
For the most part, Nebraska's Functional Classification is pretty straightforward. Nebraska divides its FC in to two classes, Urban and Rural. There are several several road types listed as Urban Principal Arterial. Because Waze only identifies a single Principal Arterial category, the Connecting Link and Non-Connecting Link Principal Arterial categories are considered the same. Interstates and Other Freeways & Expressways are always drawn as adespite being listed under Urban Principal Arterial.
|Urban FC||Rural FC|
Below is a modified table that matches the Nebraska Functional Classification with the Waze Road Types.
|Nebraska Road Systems|
|Interstate||Interstate Business Loop/Spur||US Highway||US Hwy (Bannered) BUS, SPUR, LOOP||Nebraska Highway||Nebraska Link Highway||Nebraska Spur Highway||Local Road / County Road|
||Bell St / CR-20|
|Other Freeways & Expressways[b]
|Other Connecting Link
|Other Non-Connecting Link
|Urban Minor Arterial
||Bell St / CR-20|
|Other Freeways & Expressways[b]
|Rural Principal Arterial
|Rural Minor Arterial
|Rural Major Collector
|Rural Minor Collector
^a There are currently no bannered Interstates in Nebraska.
^b A true controlled-access freeway should always be classified as a . Some expressways however, are only partially controlled-access and do not qualify for classification as a freeway. Use your best judgement on which to choose.
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.
The u-turn must also meet one of the following criteria:
- The u-turn is explicitly allowed by signage OR
- The u-turn is otherwise legal and safe, and 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. (This is to ensure the turn can be completed in one continuous movement, which is a legal requirement in many places)
Note that when editing, a functional u-turn can arise from more than just the u-turn flag on a road segment, such as with these common scenarios:
- Divided roads with box and partial-box intersections where the median segment is 15 m (49 feet) or longer.
- Divided roads with explicitly-mapped inside turn lanes unless the turn arrow in the u-turn direction is disabled.
Nebraska follows the Waze USA speed limits guidance. Please read that page carefully before editing any Speed Limits (SLs).
Nebraska does not alter speed limits for work zones.
Speed limit changes in NE should occur in both directions of travel at the same point (a slowdown from 65mph to 45mph in one direction has a matching 65mph sign in the opposite direction of travel).
- Opposing signs are often not exactly opposite the road from each other; place the speed change halfway between them.
- If there is a substantial distance separating opposing signs (multiple seconds of driving at full speed), bring it to the attention of a State Manager.
Speed Limit standards
The following are the speed limits laws of Nebraska, except where posted signs indicate differently (most commonly in/near urban areas).
- Residential district: 25 mph. These are generally unsigned unless a Primary Street type or higher.
- Business district: 20 mph. It is generally believed these are all signed, and no assumptions about what constitutes a "business district" must be made.
- Gravel or dirt city/county highway: 50 mph. The majority of these are not signed.
- Paved city/county highway: 55 mph. These are generally signed when leaving/entering an urban area, but may lack signs elsewhere.
- State highway: 60 mph, unless signed for 65 mph.
- State expressway or State freeway: 65 mph.
- (National) Interstate: 75 mph. There are slowdowns in/near some major urban areas.
Speed Limit Resources
- State highway speed limit map
- NDOR speed limit raw database information
- City of Omaha speed limit list
Useful Scripts For Editing Speed Limits