How to classify and name roads (India)

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This page covers road names for India. For other countries see here.

Introduction

This forms part of India Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

Abbreviations

The following abbreviations should be used where possible to conserve screen space.

Road Name Abbreviation TTS Expansion?
Avenue Ave Yes
Boulevard Blvd Yes
Drive Dr Yes
Junction J Yes
Lane Ln Yes
Place Pl Yes
Road Rd Yes
Street St Yes

Notes:

  1. TTS = Text To Speech

Road types

The following convention should be followed where possible, although it is acknowledged that you may need to deviate from it in some circumstances.

Waze Road Type India Road Types
Freeway Motorway
Major Highway National Highways (managed by NHAI)
Minor Highway All State Highways and Arterial Roads within Indian Metro Cities
Primary Street Busy Roads within Cities, and/or Feeder Roads to Arterial Roads
Street Residential Roads
Parking lot roads Used for Petrol Stations, Car Parks

Dual Carriageways

The following convention should be followed where possible, although it is acknowledged that you may need to deviate from it in some circumstances.

When to Split

A road should be split into be 2 one-way roads if any of the following conditions are met:

  1. The central reservation is > 5m
  2. There's a visible gap between average of all GPS traces
  3. It is split by physical barrier (Concrete Median, Steel Barriers etc.)


Be aware there are a lot of these that were created as split roads during the India Base-map import, these usually need merging to be a single two-way road.

Naming Convention

Major Highways – National Highways - to be named, from Major Town to Major Town with the Highway Number, as displayed below.

India Naming Convention - NH.jpg


Minor Highways – State Highways – to be named from Town to Town with the State Abbreviation and Highway Number, as displayed below.

India Naming Convention - SH.jpg


This makes traffic and incident reports much more useful and helps with navigation.

Junction Naming

Major junctions, particularly on Highways, should be labelled with a landmark.

Under no circumstances should the road name or city name fields of a segment be used for naming of a junction.

Detailed information and examples have been moved to the Landmarks Wiki Page

Roundabouts

To aid navigation instructions, roundabout segments should typically remain unnamed. If the roundabout does have a proper, signposted name, then this can be labelled using a landmark of "Junction/Intersection" type that fills the centre of the roundabout. This only applies to big roundabouts that are larger than 30 metres.

Detailed information and examples have been moved to the Landmarks Wiki Page

For further advice on editing roundabouts, see Editing Junctions and Roundabouts

Bypass or By-pass ?

Bypass.