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This page serves as the primary resource for editors of

Iowa. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.




Introduction


Iowa is a part of the Plains region, which includes the states and/or territories of:

Iowa / Kansas / Minnesota / Missouri / Nebraska / North Dakota / South Dakota.


Mapping resources


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Before editing the maps in

Iowa, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.

The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.

Functional classification

The functional classification for Iowa is dictated by the Iowa Department Of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Iowa DOT has released functional classification maps for all counties and cities across Iowa.

GIS resources

For mapping and GIS system resources, go to Iowa/Test/Resources.


Community


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The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to

Iowa.

Area Managers for Iowa can be found in the table below.

New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.

Hangout Group

Iowa also has a Hangout Group for the state. Originally, this was only opened for Iowa Area Managers; however, after serious consideration, it is now opened to any person doing editing in the state of Iowa. This will give quick editing guidance and will allow to easily collaborate information between other users in the state. If you wish to be included in this Hangout, Please PM dangottschalk with your Google (Gmail) email address so he can add you to the group.

Hangouts is a free app available on Android and iOS devices. You also can use an extension in the Chrome Web Browser to access this chat. Go to: google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts for more information.


Cities and towns


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One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).

Duplicate cities can be caused by incorrectly named segments and should be corrected following the guidelines in the duplicate cities article.



Some states and territories manage a separate page on cities and towns to identify the specific city names that should be entered, and no others. For states that do not have a separate page to track the names, see this Wikipedia link and find the state or territory in question.


Major roads


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Iowa follows the general road naming and road type guidelines of the USA.



Some states have a separate page to track and identify the major roads in the state, but at this time, this one does not have such a page.


Special roads


Drivable roads

Iowa follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.

Non-drivable roads

Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.

Other drivable roads

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Iowa has different interpretations of Dirt Roads than other locations. Even veteran editors need to pay attention to this section!


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In the state of Iowa, only "Level B" roads are considered dirt roads. Knowing this will help you create the correct road levels. Undrivable roads should not be mapped, should be restricted, or should be listed as a trail instead and not be connected to any functional roads. Even though 4x4 is in the title, we will only use dirt roads that most vehicles can drive on. Keep in mind that because of the way Waze handles dirt roads, we will not use the dirt road class in the city limits of any town. All in-town gravel roads will be streets.

Because most likely people in Iowa feel a gravel road isn't a dirt road, we will use Dirt Road for only "Level B". Please be aware of any of these dirt roads that are minimum maintenance roads as these roads should have restrictions in place for winter months.

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The reason the dirt roads classification is important is because a user can decide to not be sent on dirt roads or to only be sent on dirt roads for short distances in the settings of the Waze App.

Keep in mind that if the person does allow for dirt roads, Waze will treat the road as a Primary Street so do not try to make an exception to well maintained dirt roads as a street or you will cause the driver to be directed on undesirable roads. Yes, that's right, a dirt road can be seen as a higher priority than a street! This is very important in rural areas where the Street Category should only be used on very short road segments that are paved. In towns, the Dirt Road Category should be rarely used and an unpaved road should be considered a street or a private road.

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Parking lots roads are essential to navigating users to the proper destinations. It also helps to properly exit a parking lot. Follow these examples to creating parking lots correctly. Click the image to the right to see a well-designed parking lot section.

  • Simple is best. Do not map every lane
  • Map the main entrances from the roads outside the parking lot
  • Map lanes that run along storefronts
  • Map lanes that run along main roads outside the parking area
  • Map primary lanes that serve to get people from one area of the lot to another

For for information about mapping parking lots, follow this article

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Private Roads should follow the Wiki Example on Private Roads. Please be very limited on using this for driveways as, for the most part, these should not be mapped at all.

Keep in mind that on the Waze App, a private road will look like a street. Nothing looks more off than a bunch of streets connected to a dirt road.

If you are adding a private road for a private housing section, make sure house numbering is correct or there is a place point or area within a private road section. This area will still be able to be navigated to the correct destination as long as it has a proper address to navigate to. Pay attention to this article for more information.

In the case of very long driveways, it may helpful to a driver to see the driveway mapped on the client app or even necessary for Waze to determine how to reach the destination. In those cases it may be prudent to add a road. See the article on Driveways for more information.

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Avoid drawing alleyways unless it is considered a street by the general public. Most alleyways should not be used to direct traffic and will cause unneeded nodes in the road that can cause roads connected to the alleyways to be less desirable. Most alleyways that would be mapped will use the Parking Lot class.


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Iowa has been adding roundabouts in many locations throughout the state. It is important to note that most roundabouts should only have three to four connections or it will sound confusing to a driver. Following this Example will give proper turn information and roundabout icons on the screen. If you would use multiple-point access, it instead will say the exit number such as, "At the Roundabout, take the 3rd exit".

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This is an indication of what a user of Waze should see on an upcoming Roundabout. It is clear at showing the direction of the turn. It also will verbally say what is referenced on the signage such as "At the Roundabout, Continue Straight" or "turn left". This is the Iowa Standard for creating and editing Roundabouts.


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This is how it looks when more than four exit points occur. It does not give clear guidance to the driver on what way to go aside from the highlighted road ahead. This should be avoided, Only add multiple connections per side if the signs clearly mark Exit numbers (Commonly seen on signs showing 5 or more exit points).


Roundabouts will use the same functional class of the main route traveling through the roundabout. Follow This Article for more information.

If at all possible, drive through a roundabout after it has been created or updated. Verify that it seems to give correct information.


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"Emergency and Authorized Vehicles Only" and DOT Service Roads are to be treated as Non-drivable roads. These are found primarily through the median of divided highways to connect opposite direction lanes. In most cases, these should not be mapped at all. If mapped, they should not be connected to any drivable road, with properties set to road type Private Road, and lock the segment at as high a rank as possible, up to rank 5.

Non-drivable roads

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Railroads are not yet added to the map, but these can be added to prepare the maps for when it is. Mapping the tracks allows Waze to recognize spurious speed data from people Wazing on the train and prevent it from corrupting speed data for the adjacent road.



Please notice that railroads have changed from previous interpretations of railroad mapping. Even veteran editors need to pay attention to this section!


  • Elevation will be set to the same elevation standards as a drivable road. When tracks junction a road on the ground, the Elevation should be set to Ground.
  • If the railroad crosses a segment of road, it should be connected to the road to so the historical data for the rail crossing will be more accurate.
  • Always select "None" for the city name. This avoids city smudging.
  • Set railroad to 2-way directionality and Restrict turns to and from the railroad segments.
  • Follow the Federal DOT Railroad GIS to verify the owner of the rail line to help on naming of the segment. Use the acronyms under RROWNER1 to help on naming.
  • Do not map every piece of parallel track, such as in sidings or yards, or industrial spurs that don't cross any roads. Your work may otherwise be seen as clutter, much like mapping every parking lot row.
  • Lock all railroads to a Level 2
  • Keep segment lengths under 10,000 meters (32,808 Ft) – the longer the segment length, the more sluggish the editor is to respond to changes.
  • Read this section for more information about railroads.

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We will map all airports runways such:

  • These roads will not connect to any drivable sections
  • The runways will not be connected to each other
  • Always select "None" for the city name. This avoids city smudging.
  • Using this article we will find the airport code. We will use the IATA code unless the airport does not have one, then we will revert to the ICAO code.
  • After finding the code, we will use this to find the runway numbers for the airport.
  • Most of the time, you will see the number of the runway at the beginning and end of each runway from the aerial views.
  • Name each runway as such: [Airport Code] Runway [x-x] ... for example, in the image to the right, you will see the runways for Albert Lea Municipal Airport. The IATA code for this airport is AEL and it has two runways including Runway 5/23 & Runway 17/35 so one will be named "AEL Runway 5-23" and the other AEL Runway 17-35".

Please follow this Wiki article on Runways for information about how to set runways correctly. These roads should be locked to the same standard as Airport Area itself.

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The Ferry Road type is not to be used at this time. Do not use the Ferry Road type for any purpose. See ferries page for more information on how to map ferries.

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Even though Waze does not allow for navigating pedestrians or bikers, we will still prepare the map for when it is a function of the application. We will map out trails not only for this reason, but also to avoid speed data from being compiled if a person would leave Waze running on their phone while taking these trails. It also can be useful for a person who may use the map of Waze to recognize his or her location while taking these trails

  • Do not map trails that run parallel to a road unless it is more than 100 Ft from the road
  • Do not connect this road type to any drivable section of road
  • If the trail has a name, name it [Trail Name] Trail
  • Always select "None" for the city name. This avoids city smudging.
  • Keep segment lengths under 10,000 meters (32,808 Ft) – the longer the segment length, the more sluggish the editor is to respond to changes.
  • Use elevation standards as a standard road.

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Pedestrian Boardwalks are not common, but they are going to be used in sections where a trail would not be appropriate.

  • Do not use these for a standard sidewalk. Sidewalks will not be mapped at all.
  • The common use for this will be for large sections that vehicles are not allowed such as an outdoor shopping area or concrete walkway away from roads
  • Do not connect this to any drivable road
  • Always select "None" for the city name. This avoids city smudging.

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Stairways are very uncommon, but they will be used for any walking section that would require a person to climb a set of stairs to get to the next trail or pedestrian boardwalk. Never connect these to any drivable roads and do not add city names to this section of road. Use the same elevation standards as a road ... if no road or trail is directly underneath, it will be set for ground.


See Iowa/Test/Special roads for guidance in Iowa that may not be universal to all other states and territories.


Closures


When managing a section of roadway under construction or being closed for a major event, follow the Wiki guidelines on construction zones and Real time closures.



The Federal Highway Administration keeps a website indexing all states that can provide highway and construction project information. Go to the page, find your state, and check the links for the desired information.


Places


Iowa follows the USA standard for Places. Do not deviate from the guidelines without first obtaining consensus to do so via the state forum linked on this page.


Cameras


Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:

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    a speed camera takes a photograph of a vehicle when it passes by the camera at too high a speed.
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    a red light camera takes a photograph of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light is red. In some areas, it takes the photograph when a vehicle is not clear of the intersection some period after the light turns red.

Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.

When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.

Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in

Iowa.

As of September 2015 red light and speed cameras are legal in Iowa. There is currently an ongoing lawsuit between several cities and the Iowa DOT over who has authority to govern and use of cameras.



To do list


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Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.



This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the Iowa section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.


Area Managers


The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in

Iowa. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers

Iowa, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in

Iowa, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.

The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for

Iowa is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.

Iowa — Area, State and Country Managers
Regional Coordinator(s): [RC] the1who (PM) and [ARC] bretmcvey (PM)
Username Area Managed Comments
Country Managers (Plains region)
(Add to or edit Country and State sections of table)
bretmcvey(6) [PM] Profile L6.png Statewide Resident of Nebraska
Bigbear3764(5) [PM] Profile L5.png Statewide Resident of Illinois
State Managers (Plains region)
dangottschalk(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Statewide Lifelong resident of Iowa
grimesguy(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Statewide Lifelong resident of Iowa currently living in Florida
fermentedfungus1(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Statewide Lifelong Iowa resident
Area Managers
(Add to or edit this section)
b-pilot(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Quad City Area
miketempleton(3) [PM] Profile L3.png NE Des Moines
sixthdimension(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Quad City Area
TheChrisK(4) [PM] Profile L4.png Iowa/Nebraska Border Badge StateManager.pngBadge AreaManager.png
NE & WY State Manager


The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.

Other Area Editors (Add to or edit this section)
Username General Editing Area Comments


herrchin(3) [PM] Profile L3.png Council Bluffs Based in Lincoln, NE


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