West Virginia/Major roads

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WV Route Naming


The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) provides County Highway Maps for each of the 55 Counties in West Virginia (WV). Those County Maps provide information on Route Designation for each road the State of WV maintains. The following are the types of roads typically seen on each of the County Maps and how they should be named and typed in the Waze Map. At this time, WV does not have a GIS Functional Classification (FC) Map.

West Virginia follows the General Road Naming and Road Type Guidelines of the USA. WV Specific deviations are shown below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the WV Google Hangout (WV GHO) or Private Message (PM) one of the State or Area Managers.

WVDOT Road Types

On the WVDOT County Maps, each road type (Street, Unpaved, Off-Road) is shown on the map; use the following Road Types for each Roads and Roadway Features Surface Type shown on the map. Lock any segments with the Gravel Checkbox enabled or Off-road / Not maintained to L2.

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WV Interstate.PNG

  • Waze Road Type – Freeway (FW)
  • Name – I-64 N (direction is always one-way and always includes the cardinal direction)
  • Lock Level - L5 or higher

US Route

US Route.PNG

  • Waze Road Type – Typically Major Highway (MH) unless FC upgrades
  • Name – US-60 (if divided/One-Way, include cardinal direction, e.g. US-60 N)
  • US BUS/SPUR/LOOP are Minor Highway (mH) unless FC upgrades
  • Lock Level - L4 or higher

WV State Route

WV Route.PNG

  • Waze Road Type – Typically Minor Highway (mH)
  • Name – WV-10 (if divided/One-Way, include cardinal direction, e.g. WV-10 S)
  • WV BUS/SPUR/LOOP are Primary Street unless FC upgrades
  • Lock Level - L3 or higher

WV County Route

WV County Route.PNG

  • Waze Road Type – Street (unless FC upgrades higher)
  • Name – CR-2 or CR-2/12
  • Lock Level - Depends on FC; L1 or higher


WV Harp Route.PNG

  • Waze Road Type – Street
  • Name – not typically used. Only if no name for that street can be found (please ask in the GHO first). HARP-901 or HARP-901/20.
  • Lock Level - L1



Federal Aid Non-State

  • Waze Road Type – Based on Functional Classification Only
  • Name – Alt Name Only if FC upgrades road type to Primary Street or higher. Drop the leading digit. FANS-863
  • Alt name is needed so we know that a FC upgrade has been applied to what normally should be "Street" in the Waze Map.
  • Lock Level - Depends on FC; L2 or higher

WV State Park and Forest Route

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  • Waze Road Type - Can be of any type. Consult the WVDOT County Maps for Road Type. See WV Road Types above.
  • Name - Use Local Name if it has one. Add WV DOT Route Designation as alternate. Or if no local name, Route Designation as Primary. FS-800
  • Lock Level - Depends on FC/Road Type; L1 or higher

US Forest Service Roads

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West Virginia has one (1) National Forest within its boundaries, the Monongahela National Forest. The specific guidelines for National Forest Roads can be found here. Please ensure you understand the Wiki prior to mapping/changing any US Forest Service Roads. Use the Interactive Map to find the Road Names/Road Designation/Road Type. Roads can be both WVDOT and USFS in some cases. Use Local and/or WVDOT Road Names/Designation as Primary, if applicable, instead of US Forest Service road names/designation. Add the US Forest Service Roads as alternate names/designation in most cases. Do not map any roads that are not maintained for passenger cars or that motorized traffic is prohibited at this time. Also, do not map any trails.

  • Waze Road Type - Can be of any type. Consult the Interactive Map for for designation.
  • Name - Local Name if known. Add any WVDOT designation and USFS Designations as alternate names. FS-XXX
  • Lock Level - Based on Road Type. L1 or higher

Functional Classification

WV, at this time, does not have a GIS map that will make decision making as to the proper road type (Street/Primary Street/Minor Highway/Major Highway/Freeway) easy or quick. They do have a list of Federal Aid Roads which includes the roads with a functional classification of minor collector or higher. The issue we have found so far, is that it lists that classification by mile markers. We have no sure way of knowing where that classification starts and ends with any great deal of certainty. It can be done with some experience and common sense. Please work with the State Managers to learn more. You can review the complete list here. And StephenR1966 has put together a Google Sheet that translates the list into which roads the classification applies to. This is why it's important to have the correct road designation in either the primary or alternate name in order to find a particular road and apply the correct functional classification to it. Note that some roads are listed as more than once; this means that they can be for example mH for part and MH for part and PS for part. Please ask in the GHO for more help if you find examples of this.


  • Lock Levels on verified one-way Private Roads(PR), Streets, and Primary Streets (PS) are one level higher. See WV Minimum Lock Levels
  • Within City Limits, most roads should have a name; use that instead of the Route Designation and put the Route Designation as the Alt Name. Consult County GIS sources or Street View.
  • All WV County Roads do have a name; you can find it using Street View or County GIS sources. If you cannot find it, then use the Road Designation as the Primary.
  • All FANS Roads are within City Limits. Only put a FANS Designation (and always as Alt Name) if FC upgrades that segment to PS or higher. That lets everyone know the reason for the FC upgrade.
  • If the Primary Name includes a "city", then any alternate names must also include the same city and vice-versa.
  • Do not deviate from the road type unless the correct Functional Classification has been applied. Doing so can and will create issues with routing.